Wheelock Whitney, Sr.

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Wheelock "Wheels" Whitney (August 28, 1894, St. Cloud, Minnesota – March 23, 1957, Wayzata, Minnesota) was a Republican businessman and philanthropist and the scion of a powerful Minnesota family. He graduated from Phillips Andover Academy in 1913.

His oldest son, Wheelock "Whee" Whitney, Jr. is a Minneapolis philanthropist, who was the 1964 Republican nominee for U.S. Senate from Minnesota, losing to Eugene McCarthy, and he was the Republican nominee for governor of Minnesota in 1982.[1] He was part-owner and president of the Minnesota Vikings football team for a number of years.

His second son was John Kimball "Kim" Whitney, a Minnesota philanthropist, and a long-time board member of the Boy Scouts of America,[2] who died November 8, 2010, aged 83.

His grandsons include Wheelock Whitney III, an art historian and philanthropist; Benson Whitney, the former United States Ambassador to Norway; and Connecticut Green Party politician Charles Pillsbury of Doonesbury fame.


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