|Birth||Jan. 24, 1820|
|Death||March 19, 1906|
Colonel John M Thayer
Staff, 1st Nebraska Infantry
Thayer was born in Bellingham (Norfolk County), Massachusetts on January 24, 1820. He moved to Nebraska in 1854 and farmed in the Omaha area. In June 1861 he became commander of the 1st Nebraska Infantry and spent the balance of the Civil War in the Western Theatre.
After the War, he served as governor of the Wyoming Territory, United States Senator from Nebraska, and governor of Nebraska.
Thayer died on March 19, 1906 at the age of 86 years. He is buried in the Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln (Lancaster County), Nebraska. The Thayer Post (#215) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Ogalalla, Nebraska is name for him. In addition, he was a member of the Lyon Post (#11) in Grand Island and the Farragut Post (#25) in Lincoln of the GAR.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.