US Congressman. He was born in McMinn County, Tennessee, moved to Texas in 1848, and became an attorney in Tyler. Whitmore served in the Texas House of Representatives in 1852, 1853, and 1858. In 1861 he attended a special legislative session called by Governor Sam Houston at the start of the Civil War, and he was one of the few legislators to vote against the ordinance of seccession. Whitmore was a prominent Unionist and Confederate authorities arrested and imprisoned him during 1863 and 1864 without filing formal charges. He was District Attorney of the Texas ninth judicial district from 1865 to 1866, and in 1867 he was appointed Texas US Register in Bankruptcy. When Texas was readmitted to the Union he was elected to the US House of Representatives as a Republican, serving one partial term, March 1870 to March 1871. Whitmore was an unsuccessful candidate for election to a full term in 1870 and returned to Tyler, where he remained active in Republican politics and Reconstruction and practiced law until his death.
Bio by: Bill McKern