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 Timothy Whiting

Timothy Whiting

Birth
Penobscot County, Maine, USA
Death 6 Feb 1887 (aged 77)
Henry County, Iowa, USA
Burial Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa, USA
Plot (Old Section) Block 3, Lot 1
Memorial ID 50120273 · View Source
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Son of John Whiting and Nancy Carter Whiting.

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Extract (edited for typos) from Portrait and Biographical Album of Henry County, Iowa (Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888):

...."Timothy Whiting, the fifth member of
that family, was born in Penobscot county,
Maine, February 7, 1809, and was a son
of Colonel John Whiting, .... Timothy Whiting was a youth of six years at that time, and when fifteen
years of age he entered Prattsburg Acad-
emy, where he completed a course of
study. He then entered business life as a
clerk, and from his earnings saved the
capital which enabled him, when twenty
years of age, to engage in business on his
own account at Painted Post, in partner-
ship with another young man. This ven-
ture proved unsuccessful, however, but
Mr. Whiting, with his characteristic
honor, that was ever above reproach, la-
ter paid off all the joint obligations of the
firm. In 1835 he removed to Bath, New
York, where he carried on merchandising
until 1857. He then came to Mount
Pleasant with his family. He purchased
an interest in a banking house, which was
then conducted under the firm style of
Brazelton & Whiting. A year later the
firm became Clark & Whiting, and so con-
tinued until 1858, when it became the
Mount Pleasant branch of the State Bank
of Iowa, at which time Timothy Whiting
was president and John H. Whiting cash-
ier. Timothy Whiting continued in the
presidency up to the time of his death,
which occurred on the 6th of February,
1887. The institution was a prosperous
one, being conducted along safe, conserva-
tive lines that awakened public confidence
and gained public support. Mr. Whiting
was also a large land owner, making ex-
tensive investments in real estate in Henry
county, but was more widely known as a
prominent financier. He was also interested in the university at Mount Pleasant, and left to it an endowment fund, without aspiration for public ofiice, he served,
however, as a trustee of the hospital for the insane of Mount Pleasant, and for
eleven years discharged his duty with the
utmost fidelity and capability. A liberal
supporter of the Methodist Episcopal
church, he became a member of that de-
nomination in 1831, and in its work took
a most active and helpful part, serving as
superintendent of the Sunday school, as
president of the County Sunday-school As-
sociation, and for twenty years as presi-
dent of the Henry County Bible Society.
He gave five thousand dollars to the Iowa
Wesleyan University, on condition that an
equal sum should be subscribed by others.
He was always unostentatious in his giv-
ing, but was most generous, and his spirit
of benevolence stood as one of the strong
traits in his upright life. He was married
at Painted Post, New York, to Miss Sarah
A. McCall, a daughter of Ansel and Sarah
A. (Shannon) McCall, a native of that
town. She was a member of the Presby-
terian church, and she died at the family
home at the corner of Adams and Heniy
streets in Mount Pleasant, September 8, 1893...."


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  • Maintained by: Snyder Born
  • Originally Created by: Richard K Thompson
  • Added: 23 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 50120273
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Timothy Whiting (7 Feb 1809–6 Feb 1887), Find A Grave Memorial no. 50120273, citing Forest Home Cemetery, Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Snyder Born (contributor 47321885) .