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 Floyd K. Whittemore

Floyd K. Whittemore

Auburn, Cayuga County, New York, USA
Death 4 Mar 1907 (aged 62)
Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
Burial Sycamore, DeKalb County, Illinois, USA
Plot ELMWOOD 4 1E 3
Memorial ID 149689668 · View Source
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True Republican, 6 March 1907

Floyd K. Whittemore, former state treasurer of Illinois, died at his home in Springfield, on Monday morning of this week. At his bedside at the time of his death was his brother, Capt. H. J. Whittemore of this city. Mr. Whittemore bad been in poor health for a year or two, his heart being affected, and although he was often able to be out and attend to his business and social affairs, he continued to grow weaker until the end.

Floyd K. Whittemore was one of those products of DeKalb county in whom our people took pride. He was born October 2, 1844, at Auburn, N. Y., and was a son of Lorenzo and Hannah (Kelsey) Whittemore. The family came to Sycamore in 1848--Samuel Whittemore, the grandfather, who was a farmer; Lorenzo Whittemore, the father, who was a carpenter and shoemaker, his wife, and the two sons, Henry and Floyd.

The son, Floyd K., attended the Sycamore schools. He served an apprenticeship in the office of THE TRUE REPUBLICAN, and was assistant in the office of the circuit clerk of DeKalb county from 1861 to 1864.

When James H. Beveridge, of this county, brother of Governor John H. Beveridge, also of this county, was elected state treasurer, he induced young Whittemore to go to Springfield to take charge of the state treasury. While filling this engagement in the treasury department he attracted the attention of Jacob Bunn, at that time the owner of the largest financial institution in the state outside of Chicago, and accepted the position of cashier of the Bunn bank, which he filled with marked ability until the organization of the State National Bank of Springfield, when he was chosen its cashier. Mr. Whittemore held the latter position for more than 20 years. Afterwards he became the acting assistant treasurer of the United States at Chicago, under the late General Daniel Dustin of Sycamore, an appointee of President Harrison, where he superintended the receipt and payment of more than five hundred million dollars. In January 1895, he became assistant state treasurer.

In 1898 Mr. Whittemore was nominated and elected state treasurer, receiving one of the largest votes of the candidates on the Republican ticket. He conducted the affairs of this important office with the same efficiency and success that he conducted all that he undertook.

Since his retirement from that office he has actively directed the conduct of his extensive financial affairs, which consisted in part of large farms in Sangamon and Madison counties. While essentially a business man, he enjoyed the intimate friendship and confidence of the most prominent statesmen of Illinois for a period of some 40 years, and was high in the councils of the Republican party of the state. He has had intimate relations with Governors Oglesby, Beveridge, Cullom, Hamilton, Fifer and Tanner, and with the state officers who served with them.

Mr. Whittemore was a gentleman of pleasant manners, entertaining in conversation, and of marked ability. He was a bachelor, his nearest relatives being his brother Capt. Whittemore, and the latter’s four children, Harry M., Floyd, Mary and Mrs. G. W. Nesbitt, all residents of this city.

The remains arrived in Sycamore this Tuesday forenoon. The funeral services will be held at the home of Capt. and Mrs. Whittemore at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon. The interment will be in Elmwood cemetery, where are interred the remains of his father and mother.

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