Lyman Whiting papers, 1713-1955

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Whiting, Lyman, 1817-1906
Lyman Whiting (1817-1906) was a white Massachusetts clergyman and political nominee for Congress. The collection consists of materials documenting Whiting's professional life as a Congregational minister in New England, as well as family papers and correspondence between him and family members including his wife Sophia Chamberlain.
1.5 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
310 Items
Material in English
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Scope and content:

This collection centers on the family and professional life of Lyman Whiting, a Congregational minister in New England. Records in the collection outline his genealogy, career, name apointments, offices held, publications. The collection's correspondence largely represents letters received by Whiting from his colleagues, family friends, and close family, including children, mother, and his spouse Sophia. Other regular correspondents include Nelson Clark. The collection contains some earlier material from the Chamberlain and Whiting families, including Enoch Whiton's 1713 will and freedom papers for "Briton, a Negro Man of Hingham," dated 1777. There is also a narrative that appears to be Lyman Whiting's description of his sensations shortly before his death. The collection's photographs are cased daguerreotype portraits of different Whiting family members.

Biographical / historical:

Lyman Whiting (1817-1906) was a white Massachusetts Congregationalist clergyman and 1854 political nominee for the Know-Nothing and Whig Party.

Whiting was born to Daniel and Phebe Whiting in East Brookfield, Mass. He had several older siblings, including Daniel (1806-1887), Nelson (1804-1856), Lewis (1800-1881), and Abigail (1798-1815). He attended Amherst Academy, the Theological Institute at East Windson Hill, and Andover Theological Seminary, 1840-1842. Lyman married Sophia Esther Chamberlain Whiting in 1843, and the couple had seven children. Many Whiting and Chamberlain family members are represented in the collection's correspondence, including descendents and ancestors.

Sophia died in 1882 and Lyman Whiting later married Josephine Cummings.

Acquisition information:
The Lyman Whiting Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library as a purchase from Mrs. Allen Langston (Raleigh) in 1973.
Processing information:

Processed by Kimberly Sims, May 2011

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, July 2011

Updated by Meghan Lyon, March 2024

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Clergy -- Massachusetts
Freed persons -- United States
Congregational churches -- New England
Sermons, American -- 19th century
Wills -- Massachusetts
Preaching -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Daguerreotypes (photographs)


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