Basil Lee Whitener Edit Profile
Graduate, Rutherford Junior College, 1933. Student, United States.C., 1935. Bachelor of Laws, Duke University, 1937.
Doctor of Laws, Belmont Abbey College, 1960. Doctor of Laws, Pfeiffer College, 1965.
He was admitted to the North Carolina bar in 1937 and commenced practice of law in Gastonia, North Carolina. In 1941 Whitener was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives and was renominated in 1943 but resigned to enter the United States Navy. He served as a gunnery officer until November 1945, leaving with a rank of lieutenant.
Whitener was appointed solicitor, fourteenth solicitorial district, in January 1946 and elected in November 1946, reelected in 1950 and 1954, and served until December 31, 1956. In 1948, he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. Whitener was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-fifth and to the five succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1957 – January 3, 1969).
He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1968 to the Ninety-first Congress and an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1970 to the Ninety-second Congress. He resumed the practice of law. Whitener was a resident of Gastonia, North Carolina until his death there on March 20, 1989.
Every human being regardless of its race, gender or sexual orientation should have all human and civil rights.
Anyone may appear in hardship and poverty. Never give up in pursuit of happiness and one day you will find yourself in the right place, where God gives the sense of joy and assurances you are looking for.
Delaware Democratic National conventions, 1948, 60. Former chairman board trustees Belmont-Abbey College, Belmont, North Carolina Served to lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1945. Member American North Carolina, Gaston County bar associations, Junior Chamber of C. (president 1940), North Carolina Junior Chamber of C. (president 1941-1942), American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 40 and 8, Phi Delta Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa.
Clubs: Mason (32 degree, Shriner), Elk, Kiwanian, Young Democrats of North Carolina (president 1946-1947), Young Democratic Clubs American (chairman advisory committee 1950-1951, chairman board regional directors 1951).
Married Harriet Morgan, September 26, 1942. Children: John Morgan, Laura, Basil Lee, Barrett.