Archive:History of Anoka County, MN
Goodrich, Albert M., History of Anoka County and the Towns of Champli and Dayton in Hennepin County Minnesota (Anoka, MN: Anoka Bicentennial Commission, 1976).
Page 309, Biographical
- "Franklin Whitney was born in Cumberland Co., Maine, Sept 21, 1830. When a young
man he followed the sea, principally in the West India trade; later he came west and engaged in railroad construction in Ohio. In 1855 he came to St. Francis, Anoka Co., settling the next summer in Oak Grove, where he lived until the time of his death, Jan. 19, 1899. Mr. Whitney served in the state legislature two terms, and a number of years as county commissioner. He was postmaster at Oak Grove continuously from 1860 until the time of his death. Mr Whitney was married Aug. 13, 1857, to Mary Head."