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 David Whitney, Jr

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David Whitney, Jr

  • Birth 9 Oct 1830 Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 30 Nov 1900 Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
  • Burial Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
  • Plot SECTION F. LOT 115
  • Memorial ID 36793816

Lumber Baron, Owned steam barge fleet, Home is now Whitney Restaurant.

In 1857, David Whitney, a descendant of early Massachusetts settlers, came west to Detroit to run the operations of two East Coast firms involved in the lumber industry. By the 1870s, Whitney had branched out on his own, investing in pinelands primarily in Wisconsin and Michigan. Becoming involved in maritime transportation, Whitney also owned an extensive fleet of steam barges and consorts. This fleet shipped lumber, as well as iron ore from Lake Superior ports, to manufacturing and distributing centers along the lower lakes. By the turn-of-the- century, Whitney had become one of Michigan's wealthiest citizens, owning large amounts of land and holding interest in many banking institutions and industrial corporations. In 1890, construction began on a lavish new residence for Whitney and his family-- a project which took four years to complete.

When he died in 1900 Whitney was the wealthiest man in Detroit with a fortune estimated at $15 million. There are claims his home, turned into a restaurant is haunted.

Death was Heart Attack -

Very Famous Detroiter


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  • Created by: Krissy
  • Added: 6 May 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 36793816
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for David Whitney, Jr (9 Oct 1830–30 Nov 1900), Find A Grave Memorial no. 36793816, citing Woodmere Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Krissy (contributor 46620283) .