Whistler, George Washington, May 19, 1800 born at Ft. Wayne, Ind., son of John and Ann or Anna Bishop Whistler; July 1, 1819 graduated from West Point (12/29) and appointed 2ndlt., Corps of Artillery; 1819 on topographical duty; 1819-1820 at Ft. Columbus, N. Y. 1820-1821 topographical duty at Salem, Mass. June 1, 1821 transferred to 1st U. S. Artillery Rgt. Jan. 23, 1821
married Mary Roberdeau Swift (c.1804 born) in Suffolk County, Mass. Aug. 16, 1821 transferred to 2nd U. S. Artillery Rgt. Nov 2, 1821-April 30, 1822 assistant teacher of drawing at West Point; April 30, 1822-Dec. 31, 1833
topographical duty with Northwest Bound-ary survey team of the United States beyond Lake Superior; November 1828 in company with Capt. William G. McNeill sent by Baltimore and Ohio Railroad to examine railroad system of Great Britain; Aug. 16, 1829 1stlt. 1829-1830
associate engineer of Baltimore and Ohio Rail-road; had charge of the first mile of track laid by Baltimore and Ohio road, — the first track for passage cars put down by any company in United States; 1830 associate engineer of Baltimore and Susquehanna Railroad; 1831-1832 associate engineer of Paterson, N. J. and Hudson River Railroad; 1833-1834 associate engineer of Stonington, Conn. and Providence, R. I. Railroad; Dec. 31, 1833 resigned; civil engineer; Nov. 3, 1831 married Ann Matilda McNeill (Sept. 27, 1804 born); 1835-1836 superintending engineer of Locks and Canals Company of Lowell, Mass. on Merrimack River; 1837 associate engineer of Stonington, Conn. and Provi-dence, R. I. Railroad;
1837-1840 consulting engineer of Western Railroad from Worcester, Mass. to Albany, N. Y. 1840-1842 chief engineer, of Western Railroad, built railroad bridge across Connecticut River at Springfield, Mass. 1842-1849 chosen by Russian czar as super-intending engineer of St. Petersburg and Moscow Railroad; April 7, 1849 died of heart disease at St. Petersburg, Russia
Children (first marriage): Deborah Delano Whistler, Oct. 5, 1826 born; George William Whistler, 1822 born at New London, Conn. Joseph Swift Whistler, Aug. 12, 1824 born; Children (second marriage): James Abbott McNeill Whistler, 1834 born at Lowell, Mass. William McNeill Whistler, July 22, 1836 born at Lowell, Mass. Kirk Boott Whistler, July 16,1838 born at Stonington, Conn. Charles Donald Whistler, Aug. 27, 1841 born at Springfield, Mass. John Bouttatz Whistler, Aug. 29, 1845 born at St. Petersburg, Russia.
Bio by: John Heseltine