William Collins Whitney

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William Collins Whitney (July 5, 1841  February 2, 1904) was an American political leader and financier and a prominent descendant of the John Whitney family. He served as Secretary of the Navy in the first administration of President Grover Cleveland from 1885 through 1889. A conservative reformer, he was considered a Bourbon Democrat.

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William Collins Whitney
31st United States Secretary of the Navy
In office
March 7, 1885  March 4, 1889
PresidentGrover Cleveland
Preceded byWilliam E. Chandler
Succeeded byBenjamin F. Tracy
Personal details
Born(1841-07-05)July 5, 1841
Conway, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedFebruary 2, 1904(1904-02-02) (aged 62)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
(m. 1869; died 1893)
Edith Randolph
(m. 1896; died 1899)
Children5, including Harry, Pauline, William, Dorothy
RelativesJames Scollay Whitney (Father)
EducationWilliston Seminary
Yale University (BA)
Harvard University

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