G. William Whitehurst

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G. William Whitehurst
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1969 – January 3, 1987
Preceded by Porter Hardy, Jr.
Succeeded by Owen B. Pickett
Personal details
Born (1925-03-12) March 12, 1925 (age 91)
Norfolk, Virginia
Political party Republican
Alma mater Washington and Lee University (B.A.)
University of Virginia (M.A.)
West Virginia University (Ph.D.)
Profession Journalist, Professor

George William Whitehurst (born March 12, 1925) is a professor and retired politician who served in the United States House of Representatives from the state of Virginia. He began his career as a professor at the Norfolk campus of the College of William and Mary, which became Old Dominion College in 1962. After serving as Dean of Students from 1963–1968, Whitehurst left academia for a nineteen-year stay in Congress. Upon retiring from politics, he returned to what was by then Old Dominion University, where he currently holds the chair of Kaufman Lecturer in Public Affairs.

Early life[edit]

George William "Dr. Bill" Whitehurst was born in Norfolk, Virginia on March 12, 1925. Graduating from Maury High School in 1942, he served in the United States Navy as an aviation radioman in the Pacific Theater, from 1943 to 1946.[1]

Whitehurst received his bachelor's degree from Washington and Lee University in 1950, and his master's degree from the University of Virginia in 1951. In 1952, Whitehurst received his Ph.D. from West Virginia University. While attending Washington and Lee University he joined the Delta Upsilon Fraternity. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Delta Upsilon Fraternity. He was an active faculty member at Old Dominion College from 1950 to 1968.[1]

Congressional career[edit]

1969, Congressional Pictorial Directory, Whitehurst as a first term Congressman

Whitehurst was elected to Congress in 1968 as a Republican from a district based in the Hampton Roads area. He was the first Republican to represent that part of Virginia since the Great Depression. He was re-elected eight more times, retiring in 1987 after declining to run for a tenth term. For most of his tenure in Congress, he served on the Armed Services Committee. He also served on the Select Committee on Intelligence and the Ethics Committee.

After his service in Congress, Whitehurst returned as a faculty member at Old Dominion University in 1987, where he still teaches.[1]

He also served for many years as an analyst for WTKR in Norfolk.[1] He is also an active United Methodist and has served on the Board of Visitors of the Tidewater Wesley Foundation, the United Methodist Campus Ministry at Old Dominion University, for many years.[2]

Electoral history[edit]

  • 1968; Whitehurst defeated Democrat Frederick T. Stant winning 54.21% of the vote.
  • 1970; Whitehurst defeated Democrat Joseph T. Fitzpatrick winning 61.71% of the vote.
  • 1972; Whitehurst defeated Democrat L. Charles Burlage winning 73.45% of the vote.
  • 1974; Whitehurst defeated Democrat Robert R. Richards winning 59.99% of the vote.
  • 1976; Whitehurst defeated Democrat Robert Everett Washington winning 65.69% of the vote.
  • 1978; Whitehurst was unopposed for re-election.
  • 1980; Whitehurst defeated Independent Kenneth Morrison winning 89.84% of the vote.
  • 1982; Whitehurst was unopposed for re-election.
  • 1984; Whitehurst was unopposed for re-election.


Further reading[edit]

  • Whitehurst, G. William. Diary of a Congressman. 2 vols. Norfolk: The Donning Company, 1983, 1985.

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Porter Hardy, Jr.
U.S. Congressman, Virginia 2nd District
Succeeded by
Owen B. Pickett