Wheelock Whitney, Sr.

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Wheelock "Wheels" Whitney (August 28, 1894 in St. Cloud, Minnesota – March 23, 1957 in Wayzata, Minnesota) was a Republican businessman and philanthropist and the scion of a powerful Minnesota family. He graduated from Phillips Andover Academy in 1913.

He married to Katherine Kimball in 1922.[1] Their oldest son, Wheelock "Whee" Whitney, Jr. was 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.[2] He was part-owner and president of the Minnesota Vikings football team for a number of years.

Their second son was John Kimball "Kim" Whitney, a Minnesota philanthropist, and a long-time board member of the Boy Scouts of America,[3] who died November 8, 2010, aged 83.

Grandsons include Wheelock Whitney III, an art historian and philanthropist; Benson Whitney, the former United States Ambassador to Norway; and Connecticut Green Party politician Charles Pillsbury of Doonesbury fame.


  1. ^ "Marriage Record of Wheelock WHITNEY & Katherine KIMBALL". Maine Genealogy. Retrieved Jan 6, 2016. 
  2. ^ Political Graveyard page on U.S. politicians named Whitney
  3. ^ Robert Peterson, "Gathering of Eagles", Scouting Magazine, May 2000

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