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Our Next Governor

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Parent Issue
Day
23
Month
September
Year
1898
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Public Domain
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In the nomination of Hon. Justin R. Whiting, of St. Clair, the people of Michigan have an opportunity to place at the head of their state government a man worthy of Michigan's place in the sisterhood of states. He is a man of strict integrity and unblemished character; a successful business man, who has contributed largely to the material welfare and proeperity of our ;reat state; a man of culture and reinement, fitted in every way to honor ;he position he is ehosen to flll, and to ■eflect credit upon his fellow citizens. Justin R. Whiting was bom in Bath, Steiiben county, New York, February IS, 1847. He was the oldest son of Henry Whiting and Pamelia (Rice) SVhiting. His father removed to St. 31air when the subject of this sketch vas only two years old. At 16 years ).f age Mr. Whiting had fitted himself n the public schools to enter the Unirersity of Michigan. He enrolled in the classical öepartment, but left at ;he end of his sophömore year to take i position in his father's large meri'autile establishment. In 1SG9 he went to Clinton. Iowa. where he engaged in business for himself, and was very successful, selling out at the end of two years to return and enter into a partnership with his father under the 3rm name of H. Whiting & Son. Two rears later he assumed entire responsibility of the extensive business, and ra the death of his father beeame the Liead of the rirm with his life-long friend, Mr. J. George Zink. as a parttier. Mr. Whiting was one of the projectors and original owners of the Diamond Crystal Salt Works, and has taken an active interest in all marters pertaining to the business and welfare of his city and vicinity. He was instrumental in seeúring the erection of the Somerville School for Girls, and up to 1S68 was trustee of that institution. contributing largely in both time and money towards the maintenance of the enterprise. He was ,ilso one of the promoters and stockholders of the St. Clair Mineral Spring Company. securing the building of the Oakland House, which has now beome famous as a summer resort hotel. He was for rnnny years director of tne nnion school board, and has always labored zealously to promote educational affairs in the commimity. He besan his politica! as al.lerman of the city of S Clair. and in ÍS70 was elected mayor. In 1S70 Mr. Whitlng left the Republican party, in svhieh lie had been reared, because of .lic positlon which tlie party then first llegan to assunu upon the money juestion, and for snme time he labored sealously with the National Greenbaek party. When the Democratie party adopted the views on the money ques:ion which the Greenback party had so sealously advocated. Mr. Whiting Jirew his vote and infinence with the Democratie party, and has sinee that .me been one of the. most active and jarnpst workers in Democratie ranks. In 18S2 the GreenbacUer3 and Demcrats united iu noniiúatmg Mr. AVhitins' for the state senate, and he was elected in a district which had always oefore that. been overwhelmingly Re,-)nblican. As a member of the state Senate he was an active and zealous advocate of all measures favoring the people as asainst the monopolists, his services in behalf of the mtnorlty rep[■esentatiou bill being especlally valuable to the shareholders, who had lieretofore ben at the mercy of the majority stockholders. He declined .enomiuation for the state senate, but in 188t was elected to eongress from the seventh district, having a. majority Df 814 votes over John P. Sanboru. tho listrict having been always considered rne of the most rock-ribbed dlstrlcts m the state. He was re-elected in 1SSS, 1800 and 1892 sucec-ssively. beEause of the fidelity with which he served the people of his district. Mr. Whiting's carper in consress is .ïot only a credit to ivmsclí'. but to the ïntire state. His vote and voice were always on tl, e side of inanliood, and ipposed to the encreachments of the noney-bags. He was pne of the firsi io coiulwnn the demonetization of sil' per, and to insist upon the reinstate'tnent of that metal to the place it held ■ prior to the secret legislation of 1873. He gave his earnest and effective port to all measnres oalculated to check the schemes of the money power, to replace the people's paper curreney witli a bank money wMeh should enïble them to hold in their clutches the business and prosperity of the entire land, and in every contest between demoeracy and plutocracy Justin R. Whiting was found on the side of the people. He was a ruember of the ways and means committeé in the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses, and in thtí tatter William Jennings Bryan was his assoclate upon this important committee. ïlie close and intímate relations of these two gentlemen during the ses sions of tliat committeé cemented a warm personal friendship tliat has grown stronger with every year, and it was because of tliat friendship Mr. Whiting accepted the nomination for lieutenant governor in 18ÍX!, sacrificing his own interests in the hope of helping to carry Michigan for his warm friend and former associate. Mr. Whiting is a member of the M-isonic fraternity and has held the office of treásurer in lodge, chapter and commnndery. He is also a member of the Sons of Veterans. In 1871 he united with the Methodist church, and has always been an active and liberal supporter of church work and eharity. He was married in 1808 1o Emily Francés Owen, and eiglit children are the fruit of the union. Mr. Whiting's business career has has been one of unbroken success. He is known in business eircles as a careful, prudent and enterprising business man, open and npright in all liis dealings, and possessed of unusual good jndgment and an appreeiation of sound business principies. It was because of these well-known characteristlcs tliat lie was unanimously ohosen by the three eonventions of Grand Rapids for the highest position in this state, an office vhere these qualities are at the present time so sadly needed. ín social lif.e Mr. Whiting is genial, popular and entertaining. He is generous and public spirited, and is always actively interested Ín every worthy enterprise, contributing liberally both of time and money. He is a flúent and impresslve speaker, with a commanding presence and olear, ringtag volee, and his earnestness and sincerity carry conviction to all who hear him. It is expected that Mr. Whiting will make a thorough canvass of the state, and wherever he goes the people, regardless of politics, should avail themselves of the opportunity to hear him.

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