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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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608 WHITNEY GENEALOGY.

9348. i. NELLIE F., b. Dec. 23, 1867; m. Nov. 27, 1888, ----- DEANE; res. 108 Hawthorn St., Chelsea. 9349. ii. WILLIAM A., b. Jan. 3, 1869; res. Chelsea. 7276. DAVID RICE WHITNEY (William F., William, Phinehas, William, William, Nathaniel, John, John), b. Jan. 10, 1828; m. Apr. 30, 1855, Sophia Paine DUNN, b. Oct. 31, 1834; d. Dec. 17, 1885. David Rice WHITNEY was born at Boston on the 10th of January, 1828, and graduated at Harvard university in the class of 1848. After an extended tour in Europe, he returned to Boston and entered at once into commercial pursuits. These he followed until 1876, when he retired from active mercantile business and turned his attention to banking. He was at once elected president of the Suffolk National bank, which position he held until January 1, 1884. During his presidency, having free access to the records of the Suffolk bank, for many years known as the King bank of New England, he wrote a short history of that institution, giving an account of its system of bank note redemption, known as the Suffolk bank system, of which it was the originator and which it forced upon all the banks of New Eng- land for a period of forty years. Mr. WHITNEY's interest in financial matters has always been very deep; and at one time, in addition to his duties as president of the Suffolk National bank, he was a member of the finance committees of three of the largest banking and trust insti- tutions in his native city--the New England Trust Co., Provident Institution for Sav- ings, and Massachsuetts Hospital Life Ins. Co. In 1884 Mr. WHITNEY retired from the presidency of the Suffolk National bank to become the head of the New England Trust Co., the first institution of the kind chartered in New England, and at the present time the largest and most successful. In addition to his regular occupation Mr. WHITNEY has found time to give to various public and charitable organizations. For many years he was the treasurer of the Temporary home for the Destitute; also one of the trustees, and for a time treasurer, of the Massachusetts General Hospital. He also served for a long period as one of the managers of the Home for Aged Women and as a member of the corporation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, besides which he served for several years as treasurer of Emmanuel (Episcopal) church, of Boston, and is at the present time one of the trustees of donations to the Protestant Episcopal church of Massachusetts. Mr. WHITNEY has never held any political office, but has seldom failed to vote at every election for the candidate whom he believed to be best fitted for the office sought, irrespective of political party; res. 68 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, Mass. 9350. i. FRANCES ELINOR, b. June 21, 1857; m. May 18, 1876; Walter BURGESS; res. 68 Com. Ave. Ch.: Mabel Whitney, b. Sept. 1, 1877. 9351. ii. MABEL BLANCHE, b. May 16, 1865. 7280. PROF. WILLIAM FISKE WHITNEY (William F., William, Phinehas, William, William, Nathaniel, John, John), b. Boston, Mar. 26, 1850; m. at Stockton, Cal., Apr. 26, 1888, Louise ELLIOT. He was born in Boston, where he has always resided. Educated at the public schools, he fitted for a college and was graduated at Harvard University in the class of 1871. He is now a professor in the Harvard Medical school; res. Boston, Mass., 228 Marlboro St. 9352. i. LYMAN FISKE, b. Jan. 28, 1889. 9353. ii. WILLIAM ELLIOT, b. Nov. 30, 1893. 7284. WILLIAM FISKE WHITNEY (George H., William, Phinehas, William, William, Nathaniel, John, John), b. St. Charles Mo., Nov. 24, 1844; m. there June 10, 1869, Mildred A. BUCKNER, b. July 12, 1847. Mr. WHITNEY, like most men who have done great service to the agricultural and livestock interests, was farm-born. He first saw light of day on a farm near St. Charles, Mo., in 1844, and his early life up to his majority was spent in the usual avocations of the Missouri farm boy, learning what farmers' boys usually learn (which to a bright and active boy is no little education in itself), and, taken in con- nection with that vigor which is the result of early farm life, is of inestimable value in later years. The isolation of the farm, however, begets in many farm boys a wonderful desire to see the world. Mr. WHITNEY was no exception. In 1865, when he had attained his majority, his ambition, as that of many a farm boy, was to be a pilot on a steamboat on the Missouri river, and for five years he followed this life. If there

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