Description

Black and white sketch of Hiram Whittington, including biographical narrative.

Transcription

Hot Springs pioneer

Hiram Whittington

Hiram Whittington, pioneer storekeeper and hotel owner of Hot Springs who was the first to discover the merits of Ouachita oil stone, was born 1805 in Boston, mass… He left Boston 1820 and made his way westward, reaching Arkansas six years later... He had learned the Printer's trade and worked for Wm. E. Woodruff on the Gazette until 1832..

Because of ill health he quit his newspaper job and went to Hot Springs where he opened a store with $500 capital.. In 1836 he married Miss M.E. Bigham and a short time later he opended a hotel.. In 1849 he was sent to the state legislature from Montgomery County.. He soon returned to Hot Springs.. His discovery of the Ouachita oil stone led to establishing of Whittington's whetstone factory in 1853 which shipped its products to all parts of the country...

Physical Description

Document, 11" x 14"

Language

English

Identifier

MS.000379, Image 65

Resource Type

Image

Collection

Walter J. Lemke drawings collection: biographical sketches, MS.000379

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Hiram Whittington, Walter J. Lemke drawings collection: biographical sketches, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Rights

Use and reproduction of images held by the Arkansas State Archives without prior written permission is prohibited. For information on reproducing images held by the Arkansas State Archives, please call 501-682-6900 or email at state.archives@arkansas.gov.

Disciplines

United States History

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