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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Walter Randall Whitman

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[This information is from Vol. III, p. 688 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Walter Randall Whitman of Little Falls is a native son of the city. He was born on the 25th of June, 1887, the son of the late Walter W. and Emma (Randall) Whitman, and grandson of Samuel S. and Mary (Arnold) Whitman, long residents of this city. Walter W. Whitman, who was born here, June 17, 1845, and died in Little Falls, September 13, 1918, was formerly one of the firm of Burrell & Whitman, whose business is now being conducted under the name of D. H. Burrell & Company, Incorporated. Mr. Whitman's mother was born in Norwich, New York, March 30, 1849, the daughter of John A. and Delia (Wheeler) Randall. She was educated in Vassar College, from which she graduated in the class of 1874, and studied medicine at the Women's Medical College of New York city, where she obtained her M. D. degree in the class of 1877, practicing her profession in New York and Pontiac, Michigan. After her marriage Mrs. Whitman took up her residence in Little Falls, where she lived until her death on October 16, 1920. Walter Randall Whitman is engaged in the general insurance business and is the head of the Little Falls Credit Company, an automobile financing company.

In this city on March 24, 1908, Mr. Whitman was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Petrie, daughter of the late George A. and Maria L. Petrie, who was born here in 1887. Mr. and Mrs. Whitman are the parents of two children: Natalie Louise, born May 17, 1911; and Randall Petrie, born April 14, 1913. The family is affiliated with the First Presbyterian church of this city, of which Mr. Whitman is a member. He is a Mason, belonging to the blue lodge, chapter, commandery and the Shrine. Politically Mr. Whitman ranks as a republican, his support being given to the candidates and policies of that party.

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