Mailing List:1997-06-30 14, Prev. post, by Carol L. Marston

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From: "Carol L. Marston" <cmarston -at-> Subject: Prev. post Date: Mon, 30 Jun 1997 22:06:43 -0400 HI I had previously posted this to the group on June 25. It was just returned to me as undeliverable. I believe that some of your received it anyways. I am posting it again. Sorry for the inconvenience of two long messages in one day but I had promised to to several folks and I don't know who got it and who did not. Thank goodness for the delete button! Carol This is for those of you who requested the info from the book Connecticut Valley, Massachusetts book in my posession. MILTON BURRALL WHITNEY Milton Burrall Whitney, an attorney and counselor-at-law by profession, at Westfield, was born in the east parish of Granville,Hampden Co., Mass Oct. 6, 1825. He is of English decent, his ancestors having emigrated from the mother country to New England early in the last century. His great-grandfather, Uriah Whitney, served as a private in the Continental army in the Revolutionary War and was taken prisoner by the English at the battle of White Plannins, N.Y. Owing to the limited pecunieary means of his parents, Mr. Whitney enjoyed simply the advantages of an ordinary common-school education in his youth, yet at the early age of sixteen he was well qualified to teach in th district schools, in which pursuit he met with marked success. By the advice of Rev. Timothy M. Cooley, D.D., the pastor of the Congregational Church in East Granvillek, who was a fine classical scholar and a successful teacher, and who took a deep interest in his welfare, he was induced to commence the study of the classics, preparatory to admission to college. He pursued his preparatory studies under the direction of his friend, D. Cooley, much of the time at home, wlaking a distance of four miles nearly every day to recite, until he entered the sophomore class, Williams College, in 1846. Although compelled, in order to procure the funds necessary to prosecute his studies, to be absent from college for the purpose of teaching one tern each year, during his collegiate course, yet he was graduated with high honors in th eclass of 1849, one of the largest and ablest classes which ever graduated at college. After graduation he taught two years and then entered as a student the law-office of Bates and Gillett, in Westfield, Mass. He was admitted to the Bar at Springfield, Mass., in June, 1853 and immediately afterward formed a law parnership with Hon. Wm.G.Bates, with whom he continied in practice about twelve years. He is now the senior partner in the law firm of Whitney and Dunbar, and has for several years been one of the leading members of the Hampden County Bar. He resided in Westfield, Mass., since his admission to hte Bar. Although claiming to be independent in politics, he has almost invariably voted and acted with the Republican Party since its organization. He was elected to the Massachusetts Senate from the wester Hampden Senatorial district in the fall of 1861, receiving all but one hundred and four votes cast, having the largest majority ever cast for any candidate in the district. Although one of the youngest members of the Senate he was appointed chairman of two important committees, and a member of several others, and discharged the duties with credit. He was relected the following year by a handsome majority; was appointed a member of the committee on Federal Relations, and took an active and leading part in the important legislation demanded by the war of the Rebellion. He was elected in the fall of 1868 as Presidential elector of the Tenth Congressional District of Massachusetts. He is now and has been for several years past a trustree and secretary of the Westfield Savings-Bank, a director of the First National Bank of Westfield, and also a director in several manufacturing corporations. He has been a trustee and chairman of the library committee of the Westfiled Atheneum since its organization, and has always taken a deep interest in its prosperity; and the choice collection of books upon its shelves is largely due to his discriminating and scholarly taste. Although his time and talents have been largely given to his profession, yet Mr. Whitney had taken an active interest in all enterprises tending to promote the social, intellectual, and moral prosperity of the town in which he resides. Taken from: pages 958 and 959 (sketched portrait also available) History of the Connecticut Valley Massachusetts with illustrations and bigraphical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers vol. II Phildelphia Louis H. Everts 1879 Press of J.B. Lippincott anf co., Philadelphia

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