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Whitsett, William Crawford (1812–1882)

Aragorn Storm Miller Biography Entry

William Crawford Whitsett, physician, farmer, and state representative, was born in Russellville, Logan County, Kentucky, on August 3, 1812. Whitsett was raised in Kentucky and, upon reaching adulthood, worked as a physician and merchant. On December 15, 1836, he married Elizabeth L. Edmunds in Barren County, Kentucky. This couple had four sons and two daughters. In the late 1840s Whitsett emigrated from Kentucky with his family and stayed briefly near Fort Smith, Arkansas, before arriving in Texas in 1853. They settled in the vicinity of Bonham in Fannin County, and Whitsett engaged as a farmer and physician. In 1866 he won election as representative for Fannin and Hunt counties to the Eleventh Texas Legislature, and he served until February 1870. Whitsett died in Bonham, Fannin County, on January 9, 1882, and was buried in Willow Wild Cemetery.

Edmunds Bible—KY (, accessed July 15, 2014. Frances T. Ingmire, Fannin County, Texas, 1850 Census and Consorts (St. Louis: Frances T. Ingmire, 1981). Hayden Whitsett, “William E. Whitsett: Private, Company H, 9th Texas Infantry, 3 Nov 1837–15 Apr 1901” (, accessed July 15, 2014.


  • Health and Medicine
  • Physicians and Surgeons
  • General Practitioners
  • Eleventh Legislature (1866)
  • House

Time Periods:

  • Reconstruction

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Aragorn Storm Miller, “Whitsett, William Crawford,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 08, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

October 22, 2014

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