Individual Record 1785

Name}   Whitthorne, Washington Curran Family History} Hancock                 
  Title} Senator, M.C., & General Race} White Sex} Male
Birth:   Date} Exa 19 Apr 1825 Place} near Petersburg, Lincoln, Tennessee
Marr.: Date} Exa   4 Jul  1848 Place} Columbia, Maury, Tennessee     (Link)
Death: Date} Exa 21 Sep 1891 Place} Columbia, Maury, Tennessee
Burial: Date} Cir  24 Sep 1891 Place} Rose Hill Cemetery, Columbia, Maury, Tennessee
  Grave Marker}  
Source 1} 1229=Marriage rec
Source 2} 882 = 1850 USA cen
Source 3} 883 = 1860 USA cen
Source 4} 884 = 1870 USA cen
Source 5} 1215=Photograph
Source 6} 885 = 1880 USA cen
Source 7} 880 = Biography
Source 8} 1234=Biography
Source 9} 1249=Newspapers
Source 10}1227=Cemetery rec
Source 11}873 = Memoirs
Source 12}881 = Family history
Source 13}1214=Family history
Parents: } Major William Jervis Whitthorne & Elizabeth (Eliza) Joyce Wisener
   Relationship No.} 768
1st Household No.}  
      Occupation 1} Attorney/lawyer
       Occupation 2} Politician
       Occupation 3} Soldier
  Religion/Church} Not a member of any church
Spouses:   Prime} Campbell, Matilda Jane
 Total Number of} 1
Notes:  Washington Curran (W.C.) was moved by his parents to Farmington, Bedford county, and received an average country school education there.  When he was 14, W.C. was sent to an academy at Arrington, Williamson county, where he studied for 18 months, and then moved to Campbell Academy in Lebanon.  W.C. then entered the University of Nashville for one and a half sessions.  He next went to East Tennessee College (now the University of Tennessee) and graduated in 1843 after two years of study.  He was admitted to the bar in 1845.

W.C. served in various governmental positions before entering private practice in 1848 in Columbia, Tennessee.  During the Civil War he was an adjutant general in the Confederate army.  Later he was a Democratic member of both the house of representatives and the senate of both the State of Tennessee and the U.S. Congress.
Here is his official U.S. Senate biography.
W.C.'s diary from 1845-1846 is available at the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

The following two newspaper articles illustrate his efforts in the U.S. Congress:

  • Washington, July 22d.(1888)—Numerous inquiries have been made at the Navy Department as to what is being done towards repairing the old Hartford, Farragut's flagship, now in ordinary at the Navy Yard at Mare Island, Cal.  On January 24th, Representative Whitthorne, from the Committee on Naval Affairs, reported a bill authorizing the repairs.  The House immediately passed the bill, without opposition, and it was sent to the Senate, where it has remained ever since without action, beyond its reference to a sub-committee of the Naval Affairs Committee.
    . . . . The friends of the bill are therefore afraid that the bill may not get before the Senate in time for action at this session.
    . . . . The delay in making this provision will increase the cost, as the vessel now lies in a somewhat exposed condition in anticipation of the passage of the bill.
  • Washington, October 25th.(1896)—Eight years ago Congressman W. C. Whitthorne, chairman of the House Naval Committee, introduced a bill in Congress for the establishment of a naval reserve.  It was received with much favor by officers of the navy, and four States at once took active steps to organize naval militia battalions.  Unfortunately for this bill, which met with much public favor, Mr. Whitthorne's illness and death postponed action and it was not until three years later that it was finally passed in a form not as comprehensive or far-reaching as the framer of the bill designed it to be, but at any rate it recognized the naval militia as a branch of the navy and small appropriation were made for its use.

W.C. became a Mason as soon as he was eligible.  He became a Master Mason in 1846.  He became a Royal Arch Mason in 1850 and a Knight Templar in 1870.  He joined the Knights of Pythias in 1870.

In his latter years W.C. was 5' 8" tall, weighed 163 pounds, had gray eyes and hair.  His features were partly Grecian and partly Irish.  His manners were graceful and easy.

Time of Birth}   Time of Death}   Fraternal/Social} Masons
Baptism Date}   Place}   Washington Curran Whitthorne
Confirm. Date}   Photo} W.C. circa 1875
Immigr'n Date} N/A Port} N/A
Education:} Campbell Academy, East Tenn. College, Member of the Bar
Military: Service} Army (Confederate) for the State of} Tennessee
Health Condition}  
 Cause of Death}  
Last Updated
by} Dan Hancock
Date Updated}   6 Sep  2010
Date Created}  20 Mar 2006
Copyright © 2006, 2010 by Daniel W. Hancock.  All Rights Reserved.

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