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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)

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WHITNEY GENEALOGY. 267

the U. S. Senate by the death of Charles SUMMER, serving from May 1, 1874, till Mar 3, 1875, when he withdrew from public affairs. Besides holding many offices of trust under corpora- tions, he was a trustee of Yale, of the Massachusetts Agricul- tural college, and of Smith college, of which he was also a bene- factor and a member of the board of overseers of Amherst from 1864 to 1877. Harvard conferred the degree of L.L. D. upon him in 1872. By his will he made the American board and the American Home Missionary association residuary legatees, leav- ing to each society about $50,000. He was also a great benefactor of the Greenfield public library. He died suddenly while attend- ing a session of the American board of commissioners for foreign missions of which he was a member; Mary Jane, b. Mar. 11, 1828; d. Oct. 11, 1840. 4010. iii. LUCY, b. June 4, 1799; m. in Winchendon in 1825; Rev. Benjamin RICE, of So. Deerfield. He was b. in Sturbridge, Mass., May 9, 1784, graduated at Brown college in 1808, studied theology at Andover, and settled in the gospel ministry first at Skeneateles, N. Y., next at Deerfield, Mass., and afterwards at New Glouces- ter and Buxton, Me.; he returned to Mass., and settled in Win- chendon, where he died July 11, 1847, in his 64th year. He was married three times--first to Elizabeth BENNETT, who died in Sharon, Conn., in Feb., 1818. His second wife was Almira WHIPPLE, of Charlton, and his third Lucy WHITNEY, by whom he had William Whitney, b. Mar. 7, 1826; m. at Stamford, Conn., Nov. 21, 1855; Cornelia A. MOEN, b. 1833, d. June 16, 1862; m. 2d, at Worcester, Sept. 28, 1875, Alice M. MILLER, b. July 22, 1840. Ch.: William Whitney, Jr., b. May 31, 1858; d. Feb 10, 1864; Charles Moen, b. Nov. 6, 1860, res. Worcester. He was prepared for college at Phillips, Exeter (N.H.), academy, entered Har- vard college in 1878, and was graduated in 1882; studied law at the Harvard law school, also in his father's office, and was ad- mitted to the bar in 1886; is now practicing his profession and member of the firm of Rice, King & Rice. Hon. Wm. Whitney RICE was prepared for college at Gorham academy, Gorham Me. He entered Bowdoin college at Brunswick in 1842, and was graduated in 1846. He was preceptor at Leicester (Mass.) academy for four years, studied law in Worcester with Hon. Emory WASHBURN, and with Hon. George F. HOARD, U. S. senator from Mass., and was admitted to the bar in 1854, where he has ever since resided and practiced his profession. He has been eminently successful in his profession, and is recognized as one term in that office. He was district attorney for the middle dis- trict of Massachusetts from 1869 to 1874, and member of Massa- chusetts general court in 1875. He was elected to the 45th, 46th, 47th, 48th, and 49th congresses as a member of the house of representatives from the Ninth or Worcester district. He was an able, efficient and influential member of congress during his long term of service, and took an active part both on the floor and in the committees. He is a republican in politics, conservative upon the tariff and monetary questions, and has always kept well in advance with the progressive element of his party. In the councils of his party his opinions are always sought for, and have been and are influential in formulating party policy and molding public opinion. He was a model public man, who during his long public life served his constitu- ents and the public with disinterested patriotism and unselfish devotion to the public welfare. He is a member of the board of overseers of Bowdoin college, member of the board of trus- tees of the Worcester County Institute of Industrial Science, member of the board of trustees of Clarke university, also trus- tee of Leicester academy; Lucy A., b. Sept. 26, 1827; m. Sept.

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