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Famous Whitmores

 This web page is a series of notes obtained from various sources, written as far as possible in chronological order, and is not meant to be a history story.

In Shakespeare's King Henry VI, Part 2, Act IV, Scene 1 the Duke of Suffolk is captured by pyrates, including Walter Whitmore, who kills the duke and cuts off his head, with the words "There let his head and lifeless body lie, Until the Queen his mistress bury it.". Shakespeare usually had good authorities for his sources and it is likely this Walter Whitmore actually lived. Henry VI reigned from 1422-1461. (see 2 KING HENRY VI, Act 4 Scene 1:).

George Washington Whitmore (1824-1876), Unionist politician and Republican leader, son of John and Elizabeth Whitmore, was born in McMinn County, Tennessee, on August 26, 1824. He moved to Harrison County, Texas, in 1848 and was admitted to the state bar on July 1, 1850. He established a law practice and became a property holder and slaveowner during the next decade. In August 1853 Whitmore won a seat in the House of Representatives of the Fifth Texas Legislature. During the Civil War Whitmore moved to Smith County, where his family from Tennessee had settled during the 1850s. In December 1869 Whitmore won a seat in the United States House of Representatives, representing the first congressional district of Texas. Whitmore married Harriet Bell of Harrison County in 1851. They adopted one child and reared three orphans but had no children of their own. Harriet Whitmore died in October 1875 at the age of forty. George W. Whitmore died on October 14, 1876, at Tyler. (see Handbook of Texas Online:).

William Henry Whitmore (1836-1900) was a famous American Historian. His "Whitmore Tracts" are available from download.

Extract from an article circa 1893: "William H. Whitmore (1868), manufacturer, of Boston, son of Charles O. and Lovice (Ayres) Whitmore, was born in Dorchester Sept. 6, 1836. He married, June 11, 1884, Frances T. W. Maynard, of Boston. He received an honorary A. M. from Harvard University and Williams College in 1867. In 1859 he began his business career in the firm of E. F. Jones (1854) & Whitmore (1868), which was dissolved in 1860. He was a partner in the firm of C. O. Whitmore & Sons until 1865. Mr. Whitmore was a member of the Boston common council in 1875, 1879-83, 1886, and 1887, and president of that body in 1879. In 1868 Mr. Whitmore was quartermaster sergeant of the sixth Regiment M.V. M. He has been one of the commissioners of public records of the city of Boston since 1875, and has done an invaluable work. In 1892 he was elected city registrar of Boston, and holds that office at the present time. For a detailed account of his literary work previous to 1890, see Appleton's Biographical Encyclopedia. He resides at 134 West Concord Street, Boston."

Charles Algernon Whitmore was an author. He died 10 Sep 1908. (see Sep 10 - Author Anniversaries: ).

Frank Clifford Whitmore ( b. 1 Oct 1887, m. Marion Mason 22 Jun 1914) was a famous American chemist. The Penn State's petroleum refining laboratory, created by chemists Frank Whitmore and Merrill Fenske, developed the high-octane fuels that were esssential to aviation during World War II. The first all-weather, high temperature, hydraulic fluid for aircraft also came from the lab, as did the special lubricants - effective from minus 65 degrees to 600 degrees F. - for the U-2 jet. Whitmore, who became Dean of the School of Chemistry and Physics in 1929, was the first to postulate the existance and importance of the carbonium iron, one of the four basic intermediates of organic reactions. The idea of the first conceptualization of a carbonium ion as an intermediate in an organic rearrangement reaction was generalized by Frank Clifford Whitmore from 1932 onward and placed on a firm experimental basis by the English chemists Sir Christopher Ingold and E.D. Hughes, beginning in the late 1920s. (see Encyclopaedia Britannica:).

George Whitmore was an explorer in the mid-1900's. He "discovered" a mountain range in Antartica and named it after himself. For more info and picture see Whitmore Mountains.

James Whitmore was an actor who starred in a number of films (for more info search for him on The Internet Movie Database IMDb and also E! Online, these are excellent sites and well worth a visit).

 Richard Whitmore (b. 1933) was one of BBC Television's longest-serving newsreaders, in 1973 he was chosen as anchor-man for The Nine O'Clock News. In 1988 Richard gave up his BBC career to work in the theatre. Over the years he has featured in numerous TV Light Entertainment shows, notedly the Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show and Only Fools and Horses. Richard is Founder President of The Queen Mother Theatre in his home town of Hitchin and had the honour of welcoming The Queen Mother when she opened the building in 1983. As an author, one of his most recent books is Hertfordshire's Queen, the story of The Queen Mother's life-long association with the county. However, his most recent literary effort is about thrones of a rather different kind. It's called Hertfordshire Privies! (or Toilets). Richard m. Wendy (nee Vaughan) in 1957. They have four daughters and six grand-children . (see Richard Whitmore:)

Sir John Henry Douglas Whitmore won the British Touring Car championship in 1961 (see 'The Racing Baronet':). He is also an author. (see Book Review:). See also Whitmore Knights.

Charles Whitmore is a science fiction author and one of his books is called a "Winter's Daughter", published in 1984 by Timescape. (see Linköping Science Fiction ArchiveWhitmore, Charles:).

Theodore Whitmore is a soccer player who scored two goals in Jamaica's first ever World Cup Finals win in Lyon over fellow newcomers Japan, on 26 Jun 1998. (see World Cup 98: and Football News:).

Ken Whitmore is a renowned radio play author he has won the Giles Cooper Award for Best Radio Plays of the Year, the Arnold Bennett Short Story Prize and the Times/Jonathan Cape Children’s Story Competition. He is the author of 40 plays for BBC Radios 3, 4 and 5, adaptations of works by Gogol, Graham Greene, Howard Spring, Henry James and Lydia Chukovskaya, seven stage plays, the children’s novel Jump!, published by Oxford University Press, and many stories and poems. His work is included in various school and university textbooks and literary anthologies. (see Writing-Coach:).

Sir Clive Whitmore GCB CVO [RA] was a non-executive director of Boots Company (The) PLC in 2000. (see Boots Company (The) PLC:).


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