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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:733 1816-1885

Thatcher Magoun business records


Records of merchant and shipowner Thatcher Magoun and his son Thatcher Magoun, Jr., of Boston and Medford, Mass., relating to their involvement in international trade and shipping, 1816-1885.


  • Creation: 1816-1885

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6 linear feet (40 volumes, 11 cases, 2 boxes)

Papers of Thatcher Magoun , Sr., and Thatcher Magoun, Jr. , merchants of Boston and Medford, Mass., relating to trade in many parts of the world. Includes correspondence, journals, waste books, ledgers, invoice books, and ships’ books. The Magouns sent their ships to ports in Europe, South America , West Indies , Chincha Islands , India , Singapore , Honolulu , Manila, San Francisco , and southern ports in the United States. The commodity most extensively dealt in was guano , which they procured from the Chincha Islands and shipped to Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Havre, and Great Britain.

Biographical / Historical

Thatcher Magoun in Massachusetts in 1775. He began his career as a carpenter in Boston and Salem. He eventually opened his own ship building firm and the first in Medford, Mass. on the Mystic River. He retained shares in the ships he built amasssing enough wealth to make him one of the richest men in Medford.

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Related Materials

The Mystic Seaport Collections and Research Center in Mystic, Connecticut, also holds a collection of Thatcher Magoun records.

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