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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Arthur T. Whyte

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 571-572 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 Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Selling the output of a great manufacturing corporation is frequently a harder task to accomplish than the making of the goods, and of infinitely more importance, as without sales being made manufacturing must cease and big plants shut down. It requires experts to make goods and other experts to sell them, and the selling force must work under the direction of a sales manager, who is sales manager because selling goods is his specialty and he is a super expert in his line. Arthur T. Whyte of Rome, Oneida county, New York, is sales manager for one of the big departments of the Rome Manufacturing Company, and by the efficiency of his work the great plant is enabled to run continuously and its employes have steady, instead of intermittent, occupation. He was born in England, on April 6, 1865. His parents, John Gray and Anne (Titherington) Whyte, are natives of England, where the father is a merchant and shipowner, and they have never come to the United States.

Arthur T. Whyte obtained his early education in the English public schools, spent one year at Oxford College, and six years with a private tutor traveling about Europe. After his education was completed Mr. Whyte spent several years in traveling to various parts of the world, the course of his travels bringing him to the United States in 1899. He remained in New York city for two years, in 1901, moving to Rome, where he became associated with the Rome Laco Works. He was treasurer of this concern for fourteen years, and after its consolidation with the Rome Manufacturing Company he became sales manager of the Laco department.

Mr. Whyte is a republican in politics, and a member of the Protestant Episcopal church in religion. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Masonic order and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He is also a member of the Rome Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club, the Rome Club, the Teugega Country Club, the Fort Schuyler Club of Utica, New York, the New York Railroad Club of New York city and the Century Railroad Club of Buffalo, New York. He has a summer home at Lake Delta and his residence in Rome is at No. 218 North James street, East Park.

Mr. Whyte was married in Rome, to Miss Mary Sutton, daughter of Dr. R. E. Sutton, an old and prominent physician of Rome. Mrs. Whyte is a member of the Jervis library board, the Woman's Club and the Lasalle Club, and vice president of the board of education, of which she has been a member for years. Mr. and Mrs. Whyte are the parents of one child: Anne Harriet, who is attending Smith College, at Northampton, Massachusetts. Mr. Whyte's hobbies are outdoor life, fishing and hunting.

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