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Basil Lee Whitener was a Democratic U.S. Representative from North Carolina between 1957 and 1968.


Whitener was born in York County, South Carolina on May 14, 1915, and was educated in the public schools of Gaston County, North Carolina.


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.


  • Bar: North Carolina 1937.


God created humans to be able to innovate and evaluate new forms of living that will encourage development of the fullest potential in individuals.


Church should build bridges with political institutions through organizing ecumenical delegations to the party conferences.


Every person needs the Church for spiritual and emotional care that enables to reconcile relations with God, with others, and with self.


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.

Levi Whitener

Laura (Barrett) Whitener

Harriet Morgan

John Morgan Whitener

Laura Whitener

Basil Lee Whitener

Barrett Whitener