William A. Whittlesey

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William Augustus Whittlesey
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 13th district
In office
March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1851
Preceded by Thomas Ritchey
Succeeded by James M. Gaylord
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Washington County district
In office
December 2, 1839 – December 6, 1840
Preceded by W. Curtis
Succeeded by Arius Nye
Personal details
Born (1796-07-14)July 14, 1796
Danbury, Connecticut
Died November 6, 1866(1866-11-06) (aged 70)
Brooklyn, New York
Resting place Mound Cemetery (Marietta, Ohio)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jane Hobby
Children four
Alma mater Yale University
For other people named William Whittlesey, see William Whittlesey (disambiguation).

William Augustus Whittlesey (July 14, 1796 - November 6, 1866) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio, nephew of Elisha Whittlesey.

Born in Danbury, Connecticut, Whittlesey attended the common schools and was graduated from Yale College in 1816. He was a tutor at the college.[1] He moved to Canfield, Ohio, in 1818. He studied law at Canfield with Elisha Whittlesey, and later studied with Joshua Reed Giddings.[1] He was admitted to the bar in 1821 and commenced practice in Canfield. He moved to Marietta, Ohio, in 1821. Auditor of Washington County 1825-1837. He served as member of the State house of representatives in 1839 and 1840. In 1841 he formed a partnership with Charles B. Goddard of Zanesville.[1]

Whittlesey was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-first Congress (March 4, 1849-March 3, 1851). He did not seek renomination in 1850. He resumed the practice of law. He served as mayor of Marietta in 1856, 1860, and 1862. He died in Brooklyn, New York, where he had gone for medical treatment, on November 6, 1866. He was interred in Mound Cemetery, Marietta, Ohio.

Whittlesey was married to Jane Hobby, October 25, 1838. They had four children. Mrs. Whittlesey died February 10, 1896 at the home of her daughter in St. Cloud, Minnesota.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Reed, George Irving; Randall, Emilius Oviatt; Greve, Charles Theodore, eds. (1897). Bench and Bar of Ohio: a Compendium of History and Biography 2. Chicago: Century Publishing and Engraving Company. pp. 137–139. 


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