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[image ALT: A photograph, just a bit left of frontal, of a dapper but worried-looking middle-aged man with slightly receding short wavy hair, wearing an early‑20c business suit. He is Nathaniel Johnson Whitehead, a West Point graduate whose career is detailed on this webpage.]

Nathaniel Johnson Whitehead

The preceding image, and the text that follows, are reproduced from (the report of the) Sixtieth Annual Reunion of the Association of the Graduates of the United States Military Academy, June 12, 1929.

 p331  Nathaniel Johnson Whitehead
No. 2824 Class of 1879
Died September 21, 1928, at Stamford, Conn., aged 73 years.

Upon graduation Whitehead was assigned to the Fourth Infantry and joined his regiment at Fort Laramie, Wyoming, serving there until April 1, 1882, when he resigned from the Army to take effect January 1, 1883, in order to enter upon a business career for which he had acquired a liking before entering the Military Academy.

Until 1900 he was Secretary-Treasurer of the Keystone Rubber Company, of Erie, Pa. During the next six years he was Sales Manager of the Lake Shore Rubber Co., of Erie, Pa., and in 1908‑09, he served as expert in the Purchasing Department of the New York Police Department, being closely associated with his classmate and friend, General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.T. A. Bingham, the then Police Commissioner.

Before the United States entered the World War he was in business with a brother as fruit growers in the Isle of Pines, Cuba. Later, in 1916, he was Department Head of the Goodrich-Lockhart Co., Manufacturers of Picric Acid for the U. S. and French Governments, at Perth Amboy, N. J., and when the U. S. entered the War offered his services to the Government.

Of the 67 graduates of the Class of 1879, none was more respected for sterling honesty and uprightness or more loved for his human qualities (loyalty and devotion to friends) than Nate Whitehead.

As a cadet and in later life he was devoted to athletics, especially baseball, and never failed to maintain a lifelong interest in manly sports the development of which began to gather momentum when he was a cadet. Who of the Class can forget the Pach Brothers photo of the baseball group consisting of Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Fatty Hewitt,º Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Gory Goode, Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Ducketts, Nat Whitehead, Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Jim Erwin, Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Johnny Johnston, Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Lowrie Finley, Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Guy Beardslee, Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Jim Lockett and Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Windy Brett?

The married life of our classmate was a long and happy one. While on graduation leave, September 4, 1879, he married Nannie S. Campbell at her home in Fredericksburg, Va. Besides the widow our classmate is survived by two children, Katheryn (Mrs. Clarence Underwood, of New York) and Campbell Whitehead, of Norwalk, Conn., and two grandchildren, C. Frederick Underwood, Jr., and Catherine Page Underwood.

Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.W. D. B.


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