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Lawrence Harley Whiting

banker , industrialist , military historian

Lawrence Harley Whiting, banker, industrialist, military historian. Recipient distinguished alumni citation University of Chicago, 1944, certificate of appreciation National Military Establishment.


Whiting, Lawrence Harley was born on January 29, 1890 in Plattsmouth, Nebraska, United States. Son of Harley Edwin and Ada Augusta (Simpson) Whiting.


University of Chicago, 1918.


; children—Lawrence Harley, Barbar Eleanor (Mistress W. Ashton Lee). With A. B. Leach & Company, investment bankers, 1915-1921. Founder, with father and brother, 1921, Whiting & Company, investment bankers, Chicago, president, from 1921.

Founder Boulevard Bridge Bank (now National Boulevard Bank), 1921, president, 1921-1932. Founder American Furniture Mart Corporation, 1923, chairman, president, vice Chairman of the Board founder Indiana Limestone Company. 1926. chairman, 1926-1932.

Chairman of the executive committee Forman realty corporation. Director Acme Steel Company, 333 N. Michigan Avenue Building, Bismarck Hotel Corporation, American Publs., Inc. (all Chicago) Trustee Passavant Memorial Hospital, Chicago Latin School Found.

Member citizens board University of Chicago. Chairman of the executive committee Northwestern Military and Naval Academy.


Served as private O.T.C., 1917. Member Allied Exchange Commission (banking and exchange operations in Europe), Peace Conference, 1919. Member of advisory business council to secretary of war until 1939.

Member advising committee on military service pay Office Secretary Defense, 1947-1949. Member Paris caucus, 1919, and one of founders of America Legion. Member Institute American Strategy, American Military Institute, Society Colonial Wars, several history societies, Phi Kappa Psi.

Clubs: Racquet. Casino (Chicago).


Married Eleanor Robinson Countiss, April. Children: Lawrence Harley, Barbar Eleanor (Mistress.

Harley Edwin Whiting

Ada Augusta (Simpson) Whiting

Eleanor Robinson Countiss

Lawrence Harley Whiting

Barbar Eleanor (Mrs Whiting