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Members of the Whitney Family

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List of the members of the Whitney family, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This list includes the names of each famous person in the Whitney family, along with information like where each person was born. If you're doing research on historic members of the Whitney family, then this list is the perfect jumping off point for finding out which notable people are included. The Whitney family has held prominence in the world dating back many years, so it's no wonder that many people have a fascination with its members. While this is not an exact family tree, it does show a list of many popular members of the Whitney family.

A list made up of family members like Eli Whitney and Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney.

The information on this page of prominent Whitney family members can help answer the questions, “Who was in the Whitney family?” and "Who is part of the Whitney family?
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  • Eli Whitney (December 8, 1765 – January 8, 1825) was an American inventor best known for inventing the cotton gin. This was one of the key inventions of the Industrial Revolution and shaped the economy of the Antebellum South. Whitney's invention made upland short cotton into a profitable crop, which strengthened the economic foundation of slavery in the United States. Despite the social and economic impact of his invention, Whitney lost many profits in legal battles over patent infringement for the cotton gin. Thereafter, he turned his attention into securing contracts with the government in the manufacture of muskets for the newly formed United States Army. He continued making arms and...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 59 (1765-1825)
    • Birthplace: Westborough, Massachusetts
  • Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney was an American sculptor, art patron and collector, and founder in 1931 of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. She was a prominent social figure and hostess, who was born into the wealthy Vanderbilt family and married into the Whitney family....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 67 (1875-1942)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York
  • Harry Payne Whitney (April 29, 1872 – October 26, 1930) was an American businessman, thoroughbred horse breeder, and member of the prominent Whitney family....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 58 (1872-1930)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York
  • William Collins Whitney (July 5, 1841 – February 2, 1904) was an American political leader and financier and a prominent descendant of the John Whitney family. He served as Secretary of the Navy in the first administration of President Grover Cleveland from 1885 through 1889. A conservative reformer, he was considered a Bourbon Democrat....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 62 (1841-1904)
    • Birthplace: Conway, Massachusetts