Family:Whitney, Edson Love (1861-1958)

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Prof. Edson Love9 Whitney (Frederic Parker8, Joseph7, Joshua6, Caleb5, Jonathan4, Richard3, Richard2, John1), son of Frederic Parker8 and Mary W. (Merriam) Whitney, was born, 3 Nov 1861 Gardner, MA,[1] and died after 1940. He was buried 1958, Crystal Lake Cemetery, Gardner, MA.[2]

He married, 15 Nov 1890, Quincy, MA, Florence Louise Carter, daughter of Charles H. and Eunice W. (-----) Carter.[3] She was born 1 Jan 1868, Boston, MA.

He lived in Gardner till March, 1865, when he moved to Boston. Was educated in the Boston schools; prepared for college in the Boston Latin school; graduated from Harvard college A.D. 1885, cum laude, and with honorable mention in history. Was admitted to the Suffolk (Boston) bar June, 1886, although two years' study of law is required; 1887, L.L.B., Boston university law school, after completing the three years' course in two years; 1887 to 1890, in the graduate school of Harvard college, studying history, political economy and law, receiving the degree of A. M. 1888, and Ph. D. 1890. He received a Bowdoin prize of $100 one year for an essay. Was assistant in history 1887-89, and held a Townsend scholarship of $250, 1889-90. He has tutored privately and has taught school, as he prefers teaching to law practice. He studied law at the office of Hon. John D. Long and Stillman B. Allen, also in the office of Herman W. Chaplin. Instructor in the Harvard law school 1892-3. He was professor of history and modern languages in Norwich university, Northfield, VT, which position he has recently resigned for a similar position in Redfield college, Redfield, SD. He is a member of the Nebraska Historical Society, American Historical Association, American Economic Association, and a charter member of the Nebraska Congregational History Society. His wife is the eighth descent from Rev. Samuel and Eunice Carter, settled in Woburn in 1638, and on her mother's side is eighth in descent from William Hartwell, who settle in Concord, MA, 1636. Last year he taught in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, but resided in Auburndale, one of the suburbs of Boston, and this year (1895) teaching in Benzonia college; resided 5 St. Charles St., Boston, MA, and Benzonia, MI.

Children of Edson Love9 and Florence Louise (Carter) Whitney:

i. Frederick Carter10 Whitney, b. 22 Aug 1891. Prof. Whitney, in writing in relation to his son in 1893, says: He was born in Rochester, NY. His young age at present has precluded his marrying or having children, or having in fact much history beyond the discovery of new methods of keeping his parents awake at nights. His tender age makes it necessary for him to have his postoffice Address with his parents. His religion and politics will probably be those of his fond father, although at present he has not expressed himself very strongly upon the subject.


1.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 143, page 180.

2.^  FindAGrave Memorial #125231569, Edson L. Whitney.

3.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 407, page 389.

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