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William Pinkney WHYTE

(1824-1908)
Senate Years of Service:
1868-1869; 1875-1881; 1906-1908
Party:
Democrat

WHYTE, William Pinkney, a Senator from Maryland; born in Baltimore, Md., August 9, 1824; was instructed by a private teacher and attended Baltimore College; engaged in banking in Baltimore 1842-1844; studied law in Baltimore and attended the law school of Harvard University in 1844 and 1845; admitted to the bar in 1846 and practiced in Baltimore; member, State house of delegates 1847-1848; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1850 to the Thirty-second Congress; comptroller of the treasury of Maryland 1853-1855; appointed as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Reverdy Johnson and served from July 13, 1868, to March 3, 1869; was not a candidate for renomination in 1868; Governor of Maryland 1872-1874, when he resigned having been elected Senator; counsel for Maryland before the arbitration board in the boundary dispute between Virginia and Maryland in 1874; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1875, to March 3, 1881; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1880; chairman, Committee on Printing (Forty-sixth Congress); mayor of Baltimore 1881-1882; attorney general of Maryland 1887-1891; Baltimore city solicitor 1900-1903; appointed and subsequently elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Arthur Pue Gorman and served from June 8, 1906, until his death in Baltimore, Md., March 17, 1908; interment in Greenmount Cemetery.

Bibliography

Dictionary of American Biography; U.S. Congress. Memorial Addresses. 60th Cong., 2nd sess., 1908-1909. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1909.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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