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Daniel Webster Whittle

WHITTLE, Daniel Webster. b. Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts, 22 November 1840; d. Northfield, Massachusetts, 4 March 1901. Whittle was given the name of the great lexicographer, which suggests a respect for learning on the part of his parents, who moved to Chicago in his teenage years. He worked as a Wells Fargo Bank cashier in Chicago before serving in the Civil War. In 1861 he joined the 72nd Illinois infantry regiment: he took part in Sherman’s march through Georgia from Atlanta to the sea, and was wounded at the battle of Vicksburg. At the end of the war he was gazetted as ‘Major Whittle’, a rank that he continued to use. Following work for the Elgin Watch Company in Chicago, he became an...

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