|First Gentleman of New Jersey|
January 18, 1994 – January 31, 2001
|Preceded by||Lucinda Florio|
|Succeeded by||Diane DiFrancesco|
|Born||John Russell Whitman
June 8, 1944
Albany, New York
|Died||July 2, 2015
Morristown, New Jersey
|Spouse(s)||Christine Todd Whitman|
|Relations||Charles S. Whitman (grandfather)|
|Alma mater||Yale University
Harvard Business School (MBA)
John Russell Whitman (June 8, 1944 – July 2, 2015) was an American businessman and investment banker. He was also First Gentleman of New Jersey (the husband of former Governor of New Jersey Christine Todd Whitman.) from January 18, 1994 to January 31, 2001. Whitman has had a long career in banking and financial services, including working at Citigroup.
Early life and education
Whitman was born in Albany, New York in 1944, the son of Janet (Russell) John's grandfather, Charles S. Whitman, was the 41st Governor of New York. and Charles Seymour Whitman, Jr., a New York civil court judge. John had a brother (Charles S. Whitman, III) and a sister (Janet Whitman).
He earned a bachelor's degree from Yale University, graduating in 1966. He then served as a first lieutenant in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He received an MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1971.
Whitman began his banking career with Citicorp in 1972, eventually rising to Vice President in charge of the Corporate Finance Department of Citicorp International Bank Ltd. in London. Whitman served as Chairman and CEO of Prudential-Bache Interfunding from 1987 to 1990. He also was the managing partner of Sycamore Ventures, an international venture capital fund incorporated in the Cayman Islands.
During his wife's term as Governor of New Jersey, Whitman held no official role in her administration. He was appointed by his wife as co-chairman of the New Jersey World Cup Host Committee in 1994. He also mediated the 1995 negotiations between the New Jersey Devils and the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority that kept the Devils from moving to Nashville, Tennessee. In 1997, Whitman was appointed by his wife to head the fund raising committee to restore the dome of the New Jersey State House.
Personal life and demise
Whitman married the former Christie "Christie" Todd in 1974. They resided on a farm in the Oldwick section of Tewksbury Township, New Jersey. They had a son, Taylor, and a daughter, Kate, and six grandchildren.
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