Biography of William W. Whitman
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Whitman, William W., was born in Chester, Mass., in 1820. His father, Asa B. Whitman, was a native of Massachusetts, and was in the mercantile and manufacturing business in Chester and Westfield, Mass.; for many years, and also represented West Springfield and Westfield districts in the Massachusetts Legislature; he was in the war of 1812; his wife, Annis R. Clark, was also a native of Massachusetts and died in 1882 at the age of eighty three years. William W. Whitman was educated in the public schools and entered Brown University, at Providence, R. I., and was admitted to practice law in Massachusetts in 1846. He practiced until 1849, when he came to Troy and became the proprietor of the Troy Budget, which he sold to Col. MacArthur in 1853. He was appointed postmaster of Troy in 1852 and held that office until 1858. He then entered the mercantile and manufacturing business, the firm being Whitman & Vosburgh; this partnership was continued until 1862 when Mr. Vosburgh retired. In 1876 the establishment was burned out, and Mr. Whitman has since retired from active business life. In 1846 he married Caroline Perkins of Poughkeepsie, N. Y.; she died in April, 1868; they had three children: Mrs. Ida N. Marvin of Germantown, Pa.; Frank P., a professor in Adelbert College, of Cleveland, O.; and Marie Antoinette, a graduate of Vassar and now a missionary in Japan. His present wife was Mrs. Annie J. Carleton of Waterville, Me., whom he married in 1873; they have one daughter, Helen L., now attending Vassar.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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