William F. Whiting
|William Fairfield Whiting|
|4th United States Secretary of Commerce|
August 22, 1928 – March 4, 1929
|Preceded by||Herbert Hoover|
|Succeeded by||Robert P. Lamont|
|Born||July 20, 1864
|Died||August 31, 1936
|Children||William Whiting, Edward Chapin Whiting, Fairfield Whiting, Ruth Whiting|
|Alma mater||Amherst College|
William Fairfield Whiting (born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, on July 20, 1864, died August 31, 1936) was United States Secretary of Commerce August 22, 1928 to March 4, 1929, during the last months of the administration of Calvin Coolidge.
Businessman and politician 
Whiting was the son of Massachusetts politician and businessman William Whiting and Anna Marin Fairfield Whiting. He attended Amherst College and graduated in the class of 1896 alongside future Secretary of State Robert Lansing.
When Whiting's father, who organized the Whiting Paper Company, became president of that business, William Fairfield Whiting became treasure. When his father died William F. Whiting became president of the Whiting Paper Company and his brother Samuel Raynor Whiting became treasurer. He became a lifelong friend of future President Coolidge when Coolidge was mayor of Northampton, Massachusetts. Later, Whiting and Frank Stearns were the first two "Coolidge Men" who advocated their friend as a serious Presidential candidate. At the 1920 Republic Nominating Convention, Whting voted for Coolidge for President on every ballot, the sole delegate to do so after Warren Harding had sewed up the votes to win the nomination.
Whiting's appointment by President Coolidge to succeed Herbert Hoover surprised the Washington establishment, which had expected the position to be filled by Hoover's preferred candidate, Dr. Julius Klein, the director of the Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce. Former Senator William Butler of Massachusetts turned down the post before Coolidge offered it to Whiting. His appointment was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 11, 1928
During his first press interview after his appointent, Whiting stated, "My policies will be Mr. Hoover's policies." As Secretary, he headed President Coolidge's delegation to the International Conference on Civil Aeronatics
Marriage and family 
Whiting married the former Anne Chapin, daughter of Judge Edward Chapin, on October 19, 1892. The couple had four childrend: William Whiting, Edward Chapin Whiting, Fairfield Whiting and Ruth Whiting Fowler. Like his father, Whiting gained a reputation for raising Jersey cattle and poultry.
- Cutter, William Richard (1910), Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of the State of Massachusetts, New York, N.Y.: Lewis Historical Pub. Co., p. 980
- W.F. Whiting, Coolidge's Aid in Cabinet, Dies," The Washington Post, Sept. 1, 1936
- Weeks, Lyman Horace (1916), A history of paper-manufacturing in the United States, 1690-1916, New York, N.Y.: The Lockwood Trade Journal Company, p. 247
- "Filling Hoover's Shoes," Los Angeles Times, Oct. 14, 1928
- "Naming of Whiting Astonishes Capital," The New York Times, August 22, 1928
- Whiting Given O.K. of Senate, Los Angeles Times, Dec. 12, 1928
- "Named for Air Parley," The New York Times, Nov. 3, 1928
- WF Whiting of Coolidge Cabinet Dies, Hartford Courant Sept 1, 1936/
- Clark, Rusty (2004), Holyoke, Massachusetts: Stories Carved in Stone, West Springfield, MA: Dog Pond Press, p. 155, ISBN 0-9755362-6-5
|U.S. Secretary of Commerce
Served under: Calvin Coolidge
August 22, 1928–March 4, 1929
Robert P. Lamont
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