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Charles Seymour Whitman
Date: 1868 - 1947
Remarks: Born in Hanover, Connecticut, the son of John and Lillie (Arne) Whitman, a descendant of John Whitman of Plymouth, England, who settled in Weymouth, Massachusetts, in 1635. After graduating from Amherst he studied law at New York University, was admitted to the bar in 1894, and commenced his practice in New York. Mayor Seth Low appointed him a city magistrate in 1904, and in 1909 he was elected district attorney for New York County. His active prosecution of some famous criminal cases brought him statewide acclaim and in 1914 he was elected governor of New York. He was defeated in his bid for third term by the Democratic candidate, Alfred E. Smith (q.v.), and returned to private practice in New York. Governor Herbert E. Lehman appointed him to the Port of New York Authority in 1935, an office he held until his death.