Charles S. Whitman

Charles Seymour Whitman ( born September 29, 1868 in Hanover, New London County, Connecticut, † March 29, 1947 in Massachusetts ) was an American politician and 1915-1919 Governor of the State of New York.

Early years and political rise

Charles Whitman went to 1890 Amherst College and then studied until 1894 at the New York University law. After qualifying as a lawyer, he began a legal career. In 1907, he became municipal judge in New York City. From 1908 to 1915 he was District Attorney in New York County. Politically, Charles Whitman was a member of the Republican Party, whose national convention he attended in 1916.

Governor of New York

On November 3, 1914 Whitman was elected governor of New York. After a re-election in 1916 he was able to hold that office between January 1, 1915, and January 1, 1919. During this time, a police unit (State constabulary ) in New York State has been introduced. The second part of his reign was overshadowed by the events of the First World War, in which the United States participated since April 1917. Also in New York had to be rationed food and fuel. Young men were mustered for the military and converted its production to armaments. In 1918, Governor Whitman failed in an attempt to re- re-election. Therefore, he resigned from his post on 1 January 1919.

Further CV

Later Charles Whitman was appointed head of the Port Authority of New York City. He also worked again as a lawyer and was president of the American Bar Association. Charles Whitman died in March 1947. Together with his wife Olive Hitchcock he had two children. The wife of his grandson, Christine Todd Whitman, was between 1994 and 2001 Governor of New Jersey and later head of the Environmental Protection Agency under President George Bush.