The Families of Adam Keith

Doctors, Lawyers, Reverends and such


Hon. William Perry Whipple, Esq. [1856-1910]


Ancestry: Adam Keith1>Johann Jacob2>Jacob Keith3>Adam Keith4>Jennie Hamilton [Keith] m. [William Perry] Whipple5

Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa

Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887


Pages 261-262


WILLIAM PERRY WHIPPLE, attorney at law, Vinton, Iowa, is a native of Benton County, born near Vinton, Dec. 26, 1865. He is the son of Cyrenius T. and Nancy (Cline) Whipple. He attended the common schools of the neighborhood where he lived, the High School of Vinton, and in 1873 entered the Literary Department of the State University, at Iowa City, from which institute he graduated in June, 1877. He then entered the Law Department of the same school, from which he graduated in June, 1878. Soon after graduating he came to Vinton and formed a partnership with E. L. King, a graduate of the Agricultural College at Ames, under the firm name of King & Whipple, the partnership continuing but a short time, when Mr. King retired. In the spring of 1879 Mr. Whipple was elected City Solicitor, which office he stills holds. In November 1883, he formed a partnership with Horace E. Warner, a graduate of Beloit College, Beloit, Wis. Mr. Warner is a man of great literary ability, a frequent contributor to the 'Century Magazine', the 'Atlantic Monthly' and other publications. He has retired from the firm and Mr. Whipple continues the business alone.

Mr. Whipple was married, Sept. 7, 1881, to Miss Catherine D. Joyce, born near Mt. Auburn, Benton County, July 28, 1858, a daughter of Patrick and Mary Joyce; the former deceased. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Whipple were born two sons- Cyrenius J., born Oct. 1, 1882, and Robert M., born March 13, 1884. Mrs. Whipple died April 14, 1886. She was a graduate of St. Mary's Academy at Notre Dame, Ind., and three years previous to her marriage she was Assistant Principal of the Vinton High Schools. Mr. Whipple is a member of the Vinton Lodge, No. 83, I. O. O. F.

In politics Mr. Whipple is a Republican. He is a strong advocate of the temperance cause, and in a legal way has done much to advance its interests. He is a fluent speaker and stands well at the bar of Benton County


Davenport Daily Leader Davenport, Scott Co. Iowa April 11, 1902

Wesley Elkins Cared For - In a Good Home and Will be Given Opportunity to Show His Worth


Des Moines, April 11 - Friends of Wesley Elkins, the boy murderer, whose parole has been recommended to the governor by the legislature, met with the governor to discuss his future. They said that he will be placed in an excellent family and given permanent employment. He has written a letter to Senator W.P. Whipple, who was largely instrumental in securing his parole from the legislature in which he expresses the belief that he will justify the legislators who voted for him and will convince those who opposed hiim that they were mistaken.


History of Benton County, Iowa

The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, 1910; Luther B. Hill, Ed.


Page 419-421


WILLIAM P. WHIPPLE, for a number of years a figure in the Iowa legislature, and by many regarded as the leading lawyer in the senate, is a native of the county he so ably represented Benton county. He is a son of Cyrenius T. Whipple, whose sketch also appears in this history.


Senator Whipple was born on his father's farm near Vinton, in Benton county, Iowa, December 26, 1856, and here passed his boyhood and youth, receiving his early education in the public schools. In 1873 he entered the State University of Iowa, where he completed the full collegiate course in 1877 and graduated from the university law department in 1878. In August, 1878, he engaged in the practice of law in his home town, Vinton, where he has since continued, at present being associated with Judge E. P. Brown, under the firm name of Whipple & Brown. Judge Brown is a brother of Leon Brown of the Register and Leader, and of United States Senator Norris Brown of Nebraska. Mr. Whipple's first law partner was Hon. Cato Sells, now a resident of Texas; and for a number of years he was associated in practice with Judge G. M. Gilchrist under the firm name of Gilchrist & Whipple. An able advocate and a wise and safe counsellor, with years of experience and success, when he was honored with a seat in the state legislature he was prepared to give good service. He served as a member of the state senate during the Twenty-ninth, Thirtieth, Thirty-first, Thirty-second, and Thirty-third general assemblies, and many of the measures now on the statute books bear the impress of his strong personality. Throughout the whole of his senatorial career he was a member of the judiciary committee. In this connection we are pleased to quote from a recent copy of the Vinton Eagle.


During his first session Senator Whipple was chairman of the laborious committee on penitentiaries and pardons. The committee gave careful and painstaking consideration to each case coming before it, including the disposal of the noted Wesley Elkins case.


Senator Whipple was one of the two members of the senate appointed on the first supplement of the code commission in 1902. In the Thirtieth general assembly he was chairman of the senate insurance committee, a position he held in the succeeding general

assemblies. He has greatly assisted in the enactment of many important measures pertaining to insurance. The Twenty-seventh general assembly enacted a law placing the several charitable and penal institutions of the state under a single board of control. This law has proved so satisfactory that many have concluded that the three state educational institutions, the State University, the State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts and the State Normal School, could be more efficiently and economically administered under a single board of education than under separate boards for each of the three educational institutions. Senator Whipple was one of the first members of the legislature to advocate such a plan.


The Thirtieth general assembly appointed a committee of six members, of which committee Senator Whipple was chairman, to inquire into the management and affairs of the three state educational institutions, their business management and educational policies, with power to investigate methods of similar institutions outside the state, and to make a report to the Thirty-first general assembly of its conclusions and findings. The committee after full investigation made an elaborate report to the Thirty-first general assembly, recommending a single board of control for the three state educational institutions. The drawing and tabulating of the report was largely the painstaking work of the chairman.


In the Thirty-first and Thirty-second general assemblies Senator Whipple prepared and introduced a bill providing for a board of control to have full management of the State University, the State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts and the State Normal School. In both sessions this measure passed the senate but was defeated in the house. But Senator Whipple's faith in the proposed measure was undaunted by defeats. He had the courage of his convictions and resolutely and confidently introduced a revised and perfected measure in the Thirty-third general assembly, providing for a board of education to have full control and management of the three state educational institutions, which measure, after due consideration, passed both houses of the legislature by an overwhelming vote. Thus after six years of earnest and persistent labor, success crowned the efforts of the Senator from Benton.


Senator Whipple has been twice married. In September, 1881, he married Miss Katherine Joyce, assistant principal of the Vinton schools. Two sons were born to them: Cyrenius J., who met a tragic death by drowning in 1898, and Milo R., engaged in business in Vinton. After the death of his first wife, Mr. Whipple married Miss Jennie Keith, a primary teacher in the Vinton schools, in October, 1887. They have one child, Virginia, six years of age.


Senator Whipple is still in the prime of life. In addition to his extensive law practice he supervises a large farm just west of Vinton, a portion of which was his father's old homestead, He and his family occupy a beautiful home in Vinton, where contentment and hospitality reign, and he enjoys without stint the confidence and esteem of the people of his home town and county.