DR. DAVID M. WHITWORTH was born in Overton county, Tennessee, on the 28th day of September, 1826, and lived
there until his removal to Jasper county, Missouri. His father, Thomas, and mother, Judith (Weatherford), Whitworth,
were both natives of Henry county, Virginia, of English-Scotch descent. Dr. Whitworth's grandfather, John W. Whitworth,
served throughout the war of the American Revolution as a soldier under General Greene and other prominent American
officers; and his father served throughout the war of 1812. David M. Whitworth attended school in middle Tennessee
and later was graduated as a physician at Nashville Medical College, in Tennessee, and afterwards took a course
in the St. Louis Medical College. He practiced his profession in Tennessee until the year 1867, when he removed
to Jasper county, Missouri, locating on a farm one mile west of Webb City. Here he practiced his profession, until
within five years of his death, having his office in Webb City and retaining a large practice during all those
October 4, 1855, Dr. Whitworth was married to Sarah C. Chandler, in Overton county, Tennessee, his wife dying in
the year 1897. Dr. and Mrs. Whitworth have had four children, a daughter, Valeria J., and a son, William B., having
died some years since. Two other sons, Albert M., a lawyer at Webb City, and John T., a farmer living near that
place survive their parents.
Dr. Whitworth was an active, earnest, public spirited gentleman, devoted to his profession, at the same time carrying
on farming operations, and a man of decided views on public questions. He was an earnest Union man during the Civil
war. After the war for a few years he acted with the Democratic party, but in 1880 voted for James A. Garfield,
and also became active in the Grange movement, and was independent in politics, voting for William J. Bryan for
president in 1896.
Dr. Whitworth died November 25, 1899, leaving hosts of friends in Jasper county, being one of the old and best
known settlers of the county and being a man of marked individuality, fearless in expressing his opinions and one
who sought to be and do right in all things.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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