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David Charles Whitney, American editor, writer. Benjamin Franklin fellow Royal Society Arts.


Whitney, David Charles was born on March 8, 1921 in Salina, Kansas, United States. Son of William R. and Jerusha F. (McCartney) Whitney.


Bachelor of Arts Kansas, 1942. Student, Columbia University, 1946.


Reporter, assistant editor Douglas County (Kansas) Outlook, 1940-1941, Topeka Daily Capital, 1942. Reporter United Press, 1945-1947, assistant copy editor, 1947-1949, New York City overnight bureau manager and news editor, 1949-1951. Assistant to managing editor World Book Encyclopedia, Chicago, 1952-1954, managing editor, 1954-1964.

Vice president, editor-in-chief Encyclopedia Americana, 1964-1965. President, editor Cowles Education Corporation, New York City, 1965-1968. Vice president educational systems Universal Education Corporation, 1969-1972.

President, editor David C. Whitney Associates, Inc., since 1972.



President Village board trustees, mayor, Deerfield, Illinois, 1961-1964. President board education School District 110, Deerfield, Illinois, 1956-1961. Member Library board trustees, Chappaqua, New York, 1975-1980, president, 1978-1980.

Trustee W. Deerfield Township Public Library, 1953-1959. Served from ensign to lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1945. Member American Society Curriculum Development, Society Mayflower Descendants, Friends of Library, American History Society, Authors Guild, Sigma Delta Chi.


Married Elizabeth J. West, January 31, 1943 (deceased 1978). Children: Ann G., Katherine W., Jane P. (deceased), West Martin (deceased), Peter A., Lynn McC. (deceased). Married Merrie Robin Vaughn, February 23, 1980.

William R. Whitney

Jerusha F. (McCartney) Whitney

Merrie Robin Vaughn

Elizabeth J. West

Peter A. Whitney

West Martin Whitney (deceased)

Jane P. Whitney (deceased)

Katherine W. Whitney

Lynn McC. Whitney (deceased)

Ann G. Whitney