Henry Austin Whitney (1826 - 1889)

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Birthplace: Boston, MA, USA
Death: Died in Boston, MA, USA
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About Henry Austin Whitney

A Boston paper published the following obituary: "President H. A. Whitney. Death of a noted financier and railroad operator. Henry A. Whitney, the banker and ex-president of the Boston & Providence railroad, died 21 Feb 1889, at 6 o'clock at his residence, 261 Marlboro street. Mr. Whitney was born in this city in 1826, and after receiving a public school education entered early in life into a course of commercial training. Entering Harvard he was graduated in the class of 1846. He became a banker, and invested his capital in railroad shares. He was a large holder in the Boston & Providence railroad, and succeeded W. W. Woolsey as president of the corporation. Last summer the road was absorbed by the Old Colony system. Mr. Whitney was a very able man." He was a prominent member of the Massachusetts Historical Society, and has privately printed the following works: "A Brief Account of the Descendants of John and Eleanor Whitney," 1857; "Incidents in the Life of Samuel Whitney," 1860; "An Account of the First Settlers of Hingham;" he resided Boston, MA.


  1. Elite Families: Class and Power in Nineteenth-Century Boston. By Betty Farrell. Page 146.
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Henry Whitney's Timeline

October 6, 1826
Boston, MA, USA
March 3, 1852
Age 25
October 27, 1853
Age 27
December 7, 1856
Age 30
Boston, MA, USA
August 21, 1858
Age 31
March 23, 1860
Age 33
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
May 11, 1865
Age 38
September 7, 1870
Age 43
February 21, 1889
Age 62
Boston, MA, USA