Whitson, Edward N. – Obituary

Edward N. Whitson, judge of the United States Circuit Court of the Eastern District of Washington, died at his home in this city Saturday night, following an attack of paralysis last Wednesday morning.

Judge Whitson was born in Salem, Ore., October 6, 1852. His education was received in the public and high schools of that day and in Oregon College. In 1879 he was admitted to the bar. September 3, 1885, he was married to Leora Nellie Bateman at Walla Walla. He lived a large part of his life in the Yakima Valley and was prominently identified with the commercial growth and political life of that section.

In 1875-76 he was auditor of Yakima County and was Mayor of North Yakima from 1886 to 1888. He was a member of the territorial legislature in 1877-78. He assumed the duties of district judge March 14, 1905, at the time of the division to this state into districts.

Contributed by: Shelli Steedman

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