Eliphalet Whittlesey (1821 - 1909)

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About Eliphalet Whittlesey


General Whittlesey was a native of New Britain, Connecticut. He was graduated from Yale College in 1842 and for several years afterward traveled around the country studying the conditions at different universities. He returned to become a professor at Bowdoin College where he served until the outbreak of the Civil War.

He served throughout the campaign under General Howard and before he was mustered out of service he was brevetted Brigadier General.

After the war be became professor at the Howard University, in which capacity he served for seven years. Honorary degrees were conferred on him by the Howard University and Yale College gave him the degree of LL.D.



Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. He was a professor of rhetoric and oratory at Bowdoin College, Maine, when he took a leave of absence to serve in the Civil War, in 1862. Commissioned a Major, he served on the staff of General Oliver O. Howard the entire war and was brevetted a Brigadier General of US Volunteers, mustering out of the Army in 1868. He then served as Adjutant-General of the Freedman's Bureau. http://www.northcarolinahistory.org/commentary/360/entry

He helped establish Howard University, Washington, D.C. and served as a professor there. In 1874 he was appointed secretary of the Board of Indian Commissioners by President U.S. Grant and served until 1900.

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Age 88