Wheelock Whitney, Sr.
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. He was part-owner and president of the Minnesota Vikings football team for a number of years.
His grandsons include Wheelock Whitney III, an art historian and philanthropist; Benson Whitney, the former U.S. ambassador to Norway; and Connecticut Green Party politician Charles Pillsbury of Doonesbury fame.
- Political Graveyard page on U.S. politicians named Whitney
- Robert Peterson, "Gathering of Eagles", Scouting Magazine, May 2000