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but eccentric artist of that name, is a grandson
of the first Jlajor Whistler.

WHITE, (lieorge E., ex-Congressman, was born
in Massachusetts in 1848; after graduating, at the
age of 16. he enlisted as a private in tlie Fifty-
seventh Massacliusetts Veteran Volunteers, serv-
ing under General Orant in tlie campaign



against Richmond from the battle of the Wilder-
ness until the surrender of Lee. Having taken a
course in a commercial college at Worcester,
Mass., in 1867 he came to Chicago, .securing em-
ployment iu a lumber yard, but a year later
began business on his own account, which he has
successfully conducted. In 1878 he was elected
to the State Senate, as a Republican, from one of
the Chicago Districts, and re-elected four years
later, serving in that body eight years. He
declined a nomination for Congre.ss in 1884, but
accepted in 1894, and was elected for the Fifth
District, as he was* again in 1896, but was
defeated, in 1898, by Edward T. Noonan. Demo-
crat.

WHITE, Horace, journalist, was born at Cole-
lirook, N. H. , August 10, 1834 ; in 1853 graduated
at Beloit College, Wis. , whither his father had
removed in 1837; engaged in journalism as city
editor of "The Chicago Evening Journal," later
becoming agent of the Associated Press, and, in
1857, an editorial writer on "The Chicago Trib-
une," during a part of the war acting as its
Washington correspondent. He also served, in
1856, as Assistant Secretary of the Kansas
National Committee, and, later, as Secretary of
the Republican State Central Committee. In
1864 he purchased an interest in "The Tribune."
a year or so later becoming editor-in-chief, but
retired in October, 1874. After a protracted
European tour, he united with Carl Sohurz and
E. L. Godkin of "The Nation." in the purchase
and reorganization of "The New York Evening
Past," of which he is now editor-in-chief.

WHITE, JuUus, soldier, was born in Cazen-
ovia, N. Y., Sept. 29, 1816; removed to Illinois
in 1836, residing tliere and in Wi.si^onsin, where
he was a member of tlie Legislature of 1849; in
1861 was made Collector of Customs at Chicago,
but resigned to assume the colonelcy of the
Thirty-seventh Illinois Volunteers, which he
commanded on the Fremont expedition to South-
west Mi.ssouri. He afterwards served with Gen-
eral Curtiss in Arkansas, participated in the
battle of Pea Ridge and w^as promoted to the
rank ef Brigadier-General. He was .subseciuently
assigned to tlie Department of the Shenandoah,
but finding his i)osition at Martinsburg, W. Va.,
untenable, retired to Harjier's Ferry, voluntarily
serving under Colonel Miles, his inferior in com-
mand. When this post was surrendered (Sept.
15, 1862), he was made a prisoner, but released
under parole; was tried by a court of inquiry at
his own request, and acquitted, the court finding
that lie had acted with courage aiil education. In 1862 he
was commissioned Paymaster in the Volunteer
Army of the Union, and resigned in 1866. Hav-
ing removed to Illinois, he was appointed Assist-
ant Assessor of Internal Revenue for the Fifth
Illinois District, in February. 1870, and so contin-
ued until the abolition of the office in 1873. On
retiring from the Assessorship he was appointed
Collector of Internal Revenue, and served until
March 4, 1875. when he resigned to take his seat
as Republican Representative in Congress from
the Peoria District, to which he had been elected
in November, 1874. After the expiration of his
term he held no public office, but was a member
of the Republican National Convention of 1884.
Died, at the Continental Hotel, in New York
City, May 24, 1888.

WHITXEY, James W., pioneer lawj-er and
early teaclier. known by the nit^kname of "Lord
C^oke'"; came to Illinois in Territorial days (be-
lieved to have been about 1800) ; resided for some
time at or near Edwardsville, then became a
teacher at Atlas, Pike (jaunty, and, still later, the
first Circuit and County Clerk of that county.
Though nominally a lawyer, he had little if any
practice. He acquired the title, by which he was
popularly known for a quarter of a century, by
his custom of visiting the State Capital, duj-ing
the sessions of the General Assembly, when
he would organize the lobbyists and visit-
ors about the capital— of which there were an
unusual number in those days — into what wa.s
called the "Third House." Having been regu-
larly chosen to preside imder the name of
"Speaker of the Lobby." he would deliver a mes-
sage full of practical hits and jokes, aimed at
members of the two houses and others, which
would be received with cheers and laugliter.
The meetings of the "Third House." being held
in the evening, were attended by many members
and visitors in lieu of other forms of entertain-
ment. Mr. Whitnev's home, in liis latter years.



was at Pittsfield. He resided for a time at
Quincv. Died. Dec. 13, 1860, aged over 80 years.
WHITTEMORE, Floyd K., State Treasurer, is
a native of New York, came at an early age. with
his parents, to Sycamore, 111., where he was edu-
cated in the high school there. He purposed
becoming a lawyer, but, on the election of the
late James H. Beveridge State Treasurer, in 1864,
accepted the position of clerk in the office.
Later, he was employed as a clerk in the banking
house of Jacob Bunn in Springfiehl, and, on the
organization of the State National Rank, was
chosen cashier of that Institution, retaining the
position some twentj' years. After tlie appoint-
ment of Hon. John R. Tanner to the position of
Assistant Treasurer of the United States, at Chi-
cago, in 1892, Mr. Whittemore became cashier in
that office, and, in 1865, Assistant State Treas-
rure under the administration of State Treasurer
Henry Wulff. In 1898 he was elected State
Treasurer, receiving a plurality of 43,450 over
his Democratic opponent.

WICKERSHAM, (Col.) Dudley, soldier and
merchant, was born in Woodford County, Ky.,
Nov. 22. 1819: came to Springfield, 111., in 1843,
and served as a member of the Fourth Regiment
Illinois Volunteers (Col. E. D. Baker's) through
the Mexican War. On the return of peace he
engaged in the dry-goods trade in Springfield,
until 1861, when he enlisted in the Tenth Regi-
ment Illinois Cavalry, serving, first as Lieutenant-
Colonel and then as Colonel, until May, 1864,
when, his regiment having l)een consolidated
with the Fifteenth Cavalry, he resigned. After
the war, he held the offi



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