WHITING, Justin Rice, (1847 - 1903)


”The House of Representatives of the Fifty Third Congress” (detail), The Graphic Chicago, 1893, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

WHITING, Justin Rice, a Representative from Michigan; born in Bath, Steuben County, N.Y., February 18, 1847; moved to Michigan in 1849 with his parents, who settled in St. Clair; attended the public schools and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor 1863-1865; engaged as a merchant and manufacturer; mayor of St. Clair in 1879; member of the State senate in 1882; elected as a Democrat to the Fiftieth Congress and reelected to the Fifty-first, Fifty-second, and Fifty-third Congresses (March 4, 1887-March 3, 1895); resumed his former business pursuits in St. Clair; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Governor in 1898 and also for election in 1900 to the Fifty-seventh Congress; chairman of the Democratic State central committee; died in St. Clair, Mich., January 31, 1903; interment in Hillside Cemetery.