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AMORY, Thomas Coffin, lawyer, born in Boston, Massachusetts, about 1810. He was graduated at Harvard in 1830, and became a member of the Suffolk bar in 1834. For many years he was connected with the municipal government of Boston, serving as alderman and in important positions in the educational departments. During this period he contributed to various periodicals, and published many reports and addresses regarding his official duties. In 1858 he published a "Life of James Sullivan," governor of Massachusetts, and in 1868 " The Military Services of Major-General John Sullivan." This was followed by numerous pamphlets and contributions to the historical magazines on subjects connected with the revolutionary war, among which were "Old Cambridge and New," "Our English Ancestors," " Homes of the Olden Times," "Old Homes of New England," "The Transfer of Erin," and "The Acquisition of Ireland by England." In 1886 he published "A Life of Sir Isaac Coffin : His English and American Ancestors." He has written numerous poems, the best-known of which is, perhaps, " William Blaxton, Sole Inhabitant of Boston." This was written at a time when it was proposed to pull down the old South Church and erect a modern building in its place, and no doubt did its part in saving the historic structure.
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