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Caspar William Whitney

Birthdate: (64)
Death: January 18, 1929 (64)
Immediate Family:

Son of John Henry Whitney and Amelia Whitney
Husband of Anna Whitney; Cora Adele Whitney and Florence Whitney
Father of Faith Wing

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About Caspar William Whitney

Caspar William Whitney (September 2, 1864 – January, 18 1929) was an American author, editor, explorer, and war correspondent. He originated the concept of the All-American team in college football in 1889 when he worked for Harper's Magazine.

From 1900, he was an owner and editor-in-chief of the monthly Outing magazine, which promoted the outdoors and sporting pursuits, as well as a good deal of adventure fiction; authors included Jack London and Clarence E. Mulford. He was a founding member of The Explorers Club (1904) after expeditions in North and South America. He declared bankruptcy in 1910.

As a sports journalist he was an advocate of athletic amateurism and was a member of the International Olympic Committee (1900–1905) and the American Olympic Committee (President 1906–1910). He wrote on a wide range of subjects including big-game hunting, inter collegiate sporting contests (especially football and baseball), amateur versus professional contests, and the Olympic games. In the early 1900s, he edited "The American Sportsman's Library," a quality series of 16 volumes.

Whitney testified in a lawsuit against him that he earned a salary of $8,000 (nearly $200,000 inflation adjusted to 2008) for editing Outing and $1,500 (about $35,000 inflation adjusted) for editing the American Sportsman's Library.

Whitney married three times: Anna Childs in 1889, Cora Adele Chase in 1897 and Florence Canfield in 1909. The latter was the daughter of the colorful miner and industrialist Charles Canfield (the subject of a Whitney biography). She participated in founding the League of Women Voters and remained active politically until her death in a motor vehicle accident in 1941.


Sporting Pilgimage (1895)

On Snow-Shoes to the Barren Grounds (1896)

Hawaiian America (1899)

Musk-Ox, Bison, Sheep and Goat (1904) (with George Bird Grinnell and Owen Wister)

Jungle Trails and Jungle People (1905)

Flowing Road (1912)

What's the Matter with Mexico? (1916)

Gott mit Uns - the Boche Delusion (1918)

Hunt Clubs and Country Clubs in America (1928)

Charles Adelbert Canfield (1930)

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Caspar William Whitney's Timeline

September 2, 1864
January 18, 1929
Age 64