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									Alexander Montgomery Thackara
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Alexander Montgomery Thackara (1848–1937), addressed as “Mont” in family correspondence,[1] was born in Philadelphia
in 1848. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1869. He served at sea in European and Far
Eastern areas.
He met Eleanor Sherman, the daughter of William Tecumseh Sherman (Commanding General of the United States Army from
1869–1883), in 1879. They were married on May 5, 1880 at General Sherman’s home in Washington D. C..[2] The couple
had four children: Alexander Montgomery (“Lex”),[3] William Tecumseh Sherman (“Sherman”), Elizabeth, and Eleanor. [4]
Thackara left the service in 1881 to enter his father’s business in Philadelphia. He “was appointed by President William
McKinley to serve as a U.S. Consul at Le Havre, France in 1897. He also served as Consul General in Berlin from 1905 to
1913, and President Woodrow Wilson appointed him to be Consul General in Paris in 1913,”[5] where he served until 1924.
Eleanor played a leading role in the Red Cross in Paris during the First World War. She died in Paris in 1915 and Alexander
M. Thackara died in 1937 from bronchial pneumonia in the American Hospital of Paris, located in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France,
where he had lived for several years after his retirement. [6]
Many pieces of correspondence between A.M. Thackara and family are housed in the Special Collections of Falvey Memorial
Library at Villanova University as part of the Sherman-Thackara Collection.

Notes
   1. ^ Sherman-Thackara Collection: Correspondences 1869-1895. Villanova University
   2. ^ Polites, Bente. “‘My Darling Papa’: William Tecumseh Sherman in Falvey’s Special Collections. Compass 1:1, March 2005.
      http://newsletter.library.villanova.edu/10 .
   3. ^ The New York Times Obit refers to this son as "Rex" but family correspondence clearly list this person's nickname as "Lex"
   4. ^ "Mrs. A.M. Thackara Dead.” New York Times (1857-Current file); July 19, 1915; Proquest Historical Newspapers, The New York
      Times (1851-2003), page 9.
   5. ^ Polites.
   6. ^ “A.M. Thackara Dies; Ex-U.S. Consul, 88”. New York Times (1857-Current file); Jan 19, 1937; ProQuest Historical Newspapers.
      The New York Times (1851-2003). p. 23.

External links
   Sherman-Thackara Collection at Villanova University
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