Brigadier General Sylvanus Thayer - Father of West Point
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Plaque giving a brief history of Brigadier General Sylvanus Thayer and the role he played in the development of the United States Military Academy.
Waymark Code: WM4XJ2
Location: New Hampshire, United States
Date Posted: 10/10/2008
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Brigadier General Sylvanus Thayer
The "Father of West Point"
Born - June 9, 1785 -- Died - Sept. 7, 1872

Sylvanus Thayer came to Washington in 1793 at the age of eight to live with his uncle Azaria Faxon in the house at the right.  He attended school at the left, then a brink building, and worked in his uncle's store to earn money for an education in Engineering.  In 1802, at 17, he taught in the same school before entering Dartmouth College in 1803.  He left his senior year in March 1807, upon his appointment by President Thomas Jefferson as a Cadet to the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.  In Feb. 1808 he was commissioned a 2nd Lieut. in the Corps of Engineers, the 33rd graduate of the Academy.  In 1815 Maj. Thayer was sent to Europe by the War Dept. under President James Madison to make a study of military education and military engineering and collect 1,000 books on those subjects.  In 1817 Maj. Thayer was appointed the fifth Superintendent of West Point by President James Monroe.  During the next 16 years he established the Honor System, the Academic Board, the Board of Visitors, and other programs, regulations, and codes that characterize the Academy, leaving in as Supt. in 1833.  He continued in Military Engineering and in 1857 Col. Thayer became the Commanding Officer of the U.S. Corps of Engineers.  He retired as Brigadier General June 1, 1863 at 78.  In 1871 he provided the funds to establish Thayer Public Library and Thayer Academy in Braintree, Mass. and the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.  He died Sept. 7, 1872 at the age of 87 in Braintree, Mass.  This tablet, dedicated by the U.S. Military Academy Aug. 7, 1976 during the Bicentennial of the Incorporation of the Town of Washing, and the American Revolution Bicentennial of the United States, commemorating the 14 formative years, 1793-1807, that Sylvanus Thayer spent here hearing the precepts of Honor, Discipline, and Education, that form a Triangle of Leadership that portrays the traditional code of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, 169 years ago - text of tablet

Marker Name: Brigadier General Sylvanus Thayer - Father of West Point

Marker Type: Local/Unofficial

Marker Location: Washington

Date Marker Established: 1976

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