Family:Whitney, Lorenzo Henry (1834-1924)

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Col. Loren H. Whitney

Col. Lorenzo Henry7 Whitney (James Watkins6, Isaac5, Jason4, Mark3, Benjamin2, John1), son of James Watkins6 and Betsey (Harper) Whitney, was born 12 Sep 1834, Berlin, OH, and died 1924, IN. Pierce gives his name as Loren, rather than Lorenzo.

He married firstly, 2 Apr 1857, Belvidere, IL, Rebecca Foster, daughter of Moses T. and Anne (Burns) Foster. She was born 1 Jul 1836, IN, and died 28 Jan 1859.

He married secondly, before 1860, Hellen M. -----. She was born about 1834, KY, and died before 1866.

He married thirdly, 2 Oct 1866, La Porte, IN, Mary Munson, daughter of Wilmot C. and Mary (Bush) Munson. She was born 1 Aug 1847, South Bend, IN, and died 25 May 1923, Oak Park, IL.

Col. Loren H. Whitney is widely know as an able lawyer, a brave and gallant Soldier, and an author of considerable repute. He is a native of Ohio, and is a fair type of the men who have so ably and honorably represented that great commonwealth wherever men of learning, eloquence, and scientific attainments were needed, or the tented field required them. He was born in Berlin, Erie county, OH. His mother was a relative of the famous Harper Brothers, New York. In 1848 the family moved to DeKalb County, IL, where Loren attended school until he was about sixteen years old, when, lured by the glowing accounts of Mississippi, he joined a number of young men of his neighborhood in a resolution to go to that state and seek a fortune; but when the time came to go all changed their purpose, excepting young Whitney, who started on foot, with staff in hand, carpet bag, alone, and with but one dollar and seventy five cents in his pocket. His father refused him assistance, hoping to deter him from going, but he was not made of the stuff that yields. In two and a half days he walked to Peru, seventy miles from home, and after paying for a meal he balanced his cash account and found but ten cents in his favor. Something had to be done. He offered his services to the engineer of a little steamer lying at the wharf, and about to move out. He represented that he could do anything and everything, and was engaged as boy of all work, with the stipulation that he would be paid whatever his services were considered worth. He continued in this employment five weeks, and was paid twenty eight dollars, and promised fifty dollars per month to continue, but declined the offer and went to Bolivia county, MS, where he passed the winter. He contracted with a planter to throw up a levee on the banks of the Mississippi and made a handsome profit on his contract. He went across the plains to California in 1855, with a company of gold-hunters, and there worked a gold mine and made money enough to enable him to return and gratify his young ambition to persue a college course of study, completing a four years course in two years. He was a bright and apt student, always among the foremost in his class. He then entered the law office of the late General Stephen A. Hurlbut, at Belvidere, IL, and subsequently attended Asbury University, IN, and still later was admitted to the bar, the committee that examined him complimenting him highly on his proficiency, though he had read law but one year. When the war broke out he was practicing his profession, but entered the army as captain of the Eighth Regiment Illinois Volunteer Cavalry, one of the best regiments in the Army of the Potomac. When General McClellan advanced on Manassas Gap, Captain Whitney, at the head of Sumner's cavalry, led the way. While sitting on a "Quaker cannon" at Manassas he conceived the idea of writing for the press, but before an hour's thought concluded to write a full history of the war, and carried that purpose into execution, and his first volume was published in 1863. He served with valor in the peninsula campaign, and in the battles around Richmond, and was offered the position of major on General Sumner's staff, but declined it to accept a colonelcy, as he supposed, of one of the new regiments from his state, but when he returned it proved to be a lieutenant-colonelcy that was intended, and he declined it, but was instrumental afterward in organizing two more regiments which went to the field. During this time he wrote and published the first volume of his history of the war of the Rebellion, a work which will compare favorably with the best of the many histories of that great conflict. It is a clear setting forth of the inciting causes and philosophy of the rebellion, and an accurate and full history of the facts and incidents attending to its prosecution and culmination. Governor Yates requested him to organize another regiment of infantry, which he did in three weeks' time, and being made the colonel, led it to the front in Mississippi. In 1864 he was put in command of a force sent out to intercept and drive away General Forest, who at the head of a large force of cavalry, was committing depredations on our railroad and telegraph lines and destroying our communications, and Colonel Whitney was not defeated in a single contest with that noted rebel leader, though he had many fights and skirmishes, and succeeded in driving him away. Thence he went to Missouri with his command and was engaged against General Price in 1864, During his service he participated in twelve great battles and forty skirmishes, and was wounded twice. As an evidence of the appreciation of his bravery, and of the esteem in which he was held as an officer and a man, his officers and men presented him with an elegant sword, case of pistols and a field glass. The sword, blood-stained, is still retained as a reminder of the great conflict. In 1866, when returning from Washington, where he had been to settle his accounts, he became acquainted with Miss Mary Munson, who was on her way home from college, and a year later married her. After leaving the service he settled at Chicago in the practice of his profession, and has been successful, standing well at the bar as an honorable and faithful attorney and counselor. In 1875 he went to Topeka, KS, and while there wrote a compendium of Kansas Reports, making an octavo volume of nine hundred pages, which added to his reputation as an able and thorough lawyer. He was solicited to run for congress while there, but declined and returned to Chicago in 1877, and renewed the practice of the law, and is now (1895) so engaged. Of Colonel Whitney the Bench and Bar of Chicago says: "He is a stalwart Republican, a fluent, ready, graceful speaker, and his voice is heard in advocacy of the principles and platform of that party in all important campaigns. He has a commanding presence, is six feet two inches in height, the regulation height of a regular Buckeye, and is one who, even on first sight, leaves the impression of being more than an ordinary man in all respects. He stands well in the community and has the confidence and esteem of all who know him intimately. He is yet a young man, but his life work up to the present time, in so far as it is known and read of men, is to his credit." In Jul 1882, he presided at the Cook county convention which elected delegates to the Republican state convention, and in the following fall was nominated for the legislature from the twelfth ward, but declined to be a candidate, although he received the largest majority of any one ever nominated in that ward. Colonel Whitney is prominent in Grand Army circles, and is a true friend of every worthy cause; resided Chicago, IL; ad. 125 Clark St., r. 38.

Children of Lorenzo Henry7 and Rebecca(Foster) Whitney:

i. Eva R.8 Whitney, b. ca. 1857 or 28 Jan 1859, IA; m. 1 Apr 1889, I. Baxter; resided Shell City, MO; 1 ch. Joseph W.

Children of Lorenzo Henry7 and Hellen M. (-----) Whitney:

ii. May8 Whitney, b. ca. May 1860, IA; not found in 1870.

Children of Lorenzo Henry7 and Mary (Munson) Whitney:

iii. Lillian8 Whitney, b. 20 Oct 1871; m. 17 Aug 1891, Morris Herriman; resided River Forest, IL.
iv. Mabel Whitney, b. 22 May 1876; resided at home.


97 80 Lorenzo H. Whitney 25 M - Attorney $250 Ohio Hellen M. Whitney 26 F - Domestic work Ky. Eva R. Whitney 2 F - Iowa May whitney 1/12 F - Do

2708 2169 Mimson, Wilmot 53 M W Physician Ohio Male citizen over 21 -----, Mandana 35 F W Keeping house Maine -----, Sophronica 16 F W At home Iowa Mimson, Ruth 15 F W At School Iowa Attended school -----, Fanny 13 F W " " Attended school Witney, Lorenzo 25 M W Lawyer Ohio Male citizen over 21 -----, Mary M. 23 F W Assistant Keep house Ind.

193 189 Foster, Moses O. 65 M W Retired Farmer $4000 $1500 Ohio Male citizen over 21 -----, Anne B. 65 F W Keeping house Penn. Witney, Eva R. 12 F W At School Iowa Attended school

Lorenze H. WHITNEY 42 Self M M W OH. Lawyer NY. NY. Mary WHITNEY 28 Wife F M W IN. Keeping House OH. OH. Lillian WHITNEY 8 Dau F S W IL. At School OH. IN. Mabel WHITNEY 4 Dau F S W KS. OH. IN. Malvira GURLY 23 Oth F S B AL. Servant AL. AL.


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