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The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635, by Frederick Clifton Pierce (Chicago: 1895)
Transcribed by the Whitney Research Group, 1999.
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Chicago. Mr. WHITNEY is a trustee of the Reform club, a mem- ber of the Century club, also of the Democratic club at 617 Fifth Ave., New York, having been formerly on its executive
committee; of the Law- yers' club and of the bar association of New York. He was ap- pointed by President Cleveland assistant at- torney-general of the United States, and still holds the office. Among the most important cases in which he has been interested is that of the income tax, which he recently argued before the su- preme court of the United States. His home is at 238 West Seventy-eighth St., New York, and he is unmarried. 7694. ii. WILLISTON CLAP, b. Apr. 2, 1859; d. Mar. 11, 1861. 7695. iii. MARIAN PARKER, b. Feb. 6, 1861. 7696. iv. ROGER SHERMAN BALD- WIN, b. Jan. 6, 1863; drowned while skating on Mill river, N. H., Jan. 17, 1874. 7697. v. EMILY HENRIETTA, b. Aug. 29, 1864. 7698. vi. MARGARET DWIGHT, b. Nov. 19, 1866. 4478. REV. HENRY M. WHITNEY (Josiah D., Abel, Aaron, Moses, Moses, Rich- ard, John), b. in Northampton, Mass., Jan. 16, 1843; m. Aug. 3, 1859, Frances WURTS. Rev. Henry M. WHITNEY, M. A., professor of rhetoric and English literature, was born in Northampton, Mass.; graduated at Williston seminary, Easthampton, Mass., in 1859; entered Yale college in 1859, but left at the close of junior year to enlist as a private in Co. C., Fifty-second Mass. Inf'y. Shortly after his enlistment he was promoted to sergeant-major. His regiment was assigned to the department of the Gulf in the famous Banks Expedition. When his regiment was mustered out in 1863, by reason of the expiration of their term of enlistment, Prof. WHITNEY was offered a commission in another regiment, but was so exhausted by hard service, having been on continuous duty, that he was compelled to decline the appointment. He spent the next year in recovering his health and completing his college course. Served as an officer of the U. S. Christian Commission from June, 1864, to the close of the war, the latter part as paymaster for all the Commission work in the armies operating against Richmond. Was among the first to enter Richmond and occupied the official chair of the Confederacy shortly after it was vacated by Jefferson DAVIS. From 1865 to 1868 he spent in theological study at Princeton, N. J., and Andover, Mass. Shortly afterward accepted the pastorate of the Congregational church at Geneva, Ill., where he remained until he came to Beloit, in April, 1871. Prof. WHIT- NEY is a man of large acquaintance with English literature, and gives careful train- ing to all the young men in rhetoric. The British Association for the Advancement of Science elected him an honorary member when he was abroad in 1881. He is a fre- quent contributor to magazines and newspapers, and is noted as an orator on educa- tional, religious, and patriotic themes. From 1883 to 1891 his leisure time was mostly given to work as associate editor of the Century dictionary: a "Dictionary of Syno- nyms and of Synonyms Discriminated," written by him, was incorporated into that
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