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Whittlesey, John (1830-1910) | Litchfield Historical Society

Name: Whittlesey, John (1830-1910)

Historical Note: John Eliphalet Whittlesey (1930-1910) was born in New Preston, Conn., where he resided and carried on the farming business until 1862, when he became a deputy collector of internal revenue. He was appointed captain and commissary of subsistence, United States Volunteers, in June, 1864, and ordered to the Department of the Gulf. He took part in the Red River campaign and the capture of Mobile, acting as commissary at Mobile. He was transferred to Houston, Tex., at the close of the war, where he remained, becoming a prominent merchant. In 1872, he was elected an alderman of Houston, and was postmaster from 1873 to 1874. He divided his business among Houston, New York City, and Washington, Conn. He did not marry.

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