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Collection on the Thomas Whittemore Family
Scope and Contents
- 1777 -- 1950
- Majority of material found within 1892 -- 1950
Conditions Governing Use
0.75 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Language of Materials
Biographical / Historical
Reverend Thomas Whittemore (1800-1861) was a Universalist minister and Trustee of Tufts College from 1852-1861. He was given an honorary degree by Tufts College in 1857.
Rev. Thomas Whittemore was born January 1, 1800 at Copps Hill, Boston. He was apprenticed to a 'morocco dresser,' a brass-founder, a shoemaker, and a bootmaker before the age of 20. He studied for the ministry under his friend Rev. Hosea Ballou. He married Lovice Corbett in September, 1821. They had eight children including Thomas Whittemore Jr. who eventually became a Tufts trustee as well in 1868. His grandson, Thomas Whittemore, graduated from Tufts in 1894 and stayed on as faculty until 1912.
In 1828, Reverend Whittemore published a Universalist Magazine entitled "Trumpet" with his friend Rev. Hosea Ballou. He was an opponent of slavery. A founding member of Tufts College, Whittemore served on the board of Trustees from 1852 until his death in 1861.