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George F. Whitworth Papers
BX9225.W4378 A3 1816  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: George F. Whitworth Papers
    Dates: 1816-1907
    Collection Number: BX9225.W4378 A3 1816
    Creator/Collector: Whitworth, George F. (George Frederick), 1916-1907 Drury, Clifford Merrill, 1897-1984 Presbyterian Church
    Extent: 1 record box (1 linear foot)
    Repository: San Francisco Theological Seminary
    San Anselmo, California 94960
    Abstract: In 1853 George Whitworth, a minister in the Ohio Valley, set off for the Western frontier to establish a college that would provide a good English education and a thorough religious training. Fifty families joined his mission trek to the Northwest. By the time they reached Oregon, only Whitworth's family had persisted. It was 30 years before he was able to revive his dream of establishing a college. In 1883, in the village of Sumner, in Washington Territory, George Whitworth founded Sumner Academy. Seven years later, in February 1890, the school was incorporated as Whitworth College.
    Language of Material: English


    Open to the public.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to San Francisco Theological Seminary.

    Preferred Citation

    George F. Whitworth Papers. San Francisco Theological Seminary

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by Clifford Drury in 1961.

    Biography/Administrative History

    George Frederick Whitworth was born in England on March 15, 1816. His family moved to united States in 1828, settling in Mansfield, Ohio. The family moved to Terre Haute, Indiana, where he graduated from South Hanover College. He married Mary Elizabeth Thomson in 1838 and moved to Lancaster, Ohio. He was a principal of a high school, attended law school, and practiced as an attorney.In 1847, having completed divinity studies at New Albany Theological Seminary, he was ordained a Presbyterian minister. In 1854 the Whitworth family took to the Oregon Trail and arrived in Washington territory. There he established many Presbyterian churches and is considered the father of Presbyterianism in Washington. He served as president of Territorial University, which became the University of Washington, and founded Whitworth College. He was active in the temperance movement, although less successful in this than in his other enterprises. Hie died in Seattle in 1907.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Diaries v. 1-7. Typed transcriptions of George F. Whitworth Diaries bound in 7 vols.( v. 1. 1853-1861; v. 2. 1862-1869; v. 3. 1870-1879; 4. 1880-1883;v. 5. 1884-1889; v. 6. 1890-1901; v. 7. 1903-1907); v. 8. Five folders containing various information on Whitworth: 1. Holograph correspondence (2 letters), photograph (excised from unidentified periodical), and misc. transcriptions. 2. Short Whitworth biographies in MS. form. 3. Short Whitworth biographies in printed form. 4. Short Whitworth biographies written by SFTS students for Clifford Drury's history course. 5. Holograph and typed correspondence to and from Clifford M. Drury about George F. Whitworth.

    Indexing Terms

    Presbyterian Church -- Clergy -- Biography
    Presbyterian Church -- Washington (State) -- History
    Whitworth College -- History
    Universities and colleges -- Washington (State)
    Church work -- Presbyterian Church
    Overland journeys to the Pacific
    Missionaries -- Washington (State) -- Biography
    Washington State