Nelson E. Whitaker

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Nelson Evans Whitaker (born Principio, Maryland, November 9, 1839; died Wheeling, West Virginia, December 28, 1909) was an American businessman and politician, principally in the state of West Virginia.

Whitaker came from a family of ironmakers, beginning with his grandfather Joseph Whitaker and his uncle Joseph Whitaker II. His father George P. Whitaker owned the Whitaker Iron Company and related enterprises.[1] Nelson E. Whitaker was president of the Principio Forge Company, Whitaker-Glessner Company, and many other businesses.[2][3] The Whitaker iron and steel holdings eventually became an important part of the Wheeling Steel Company, which after a merger in 1968 became Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel. Whitaker's nephew Alexander Glass was the president of Wheeling Steel until 1941.

Whitaker was the Republican President of the West Virginia Senate from Ohio County and served from 1897 to 1899. He served in the West Virginia Senate from 1891 to 1902. He also served one term in the West Virginia House of Delegates (1887-8).

Whitaker married Sallie F. Roberts in 1864; they had at least four children - Sallie, Albert, Henry, and Eliza.[4]


  1. ^ Atlantic Reporter, Volume 100 (1917), p. 280
  2. ^ Historical Society of Cecil County, "Principio", Milt Diggins
  3. ^ Industrial World, Volume 44, issue 1, January 3, 1910, p. 14
  4. ^ transcribed articles from The Cecil Whig newspaper, 1891
Political offices
Preceded by
William G. Worley
President of the WV Senate
Succeeded by
Oliver S. Marshall