Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Whitmore, Edward
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WHITMORE, Edward, British soldier, b. in England in 1691; d. off Plymouth, Mass., 10 Dec., 1761. He was probably a son of Arthur Whitmore, of York, England. He served in the war of the Austrian succession, and was made lieutenant-colonel of the 36th regiment in 1747. He was promoted in July, 1757, colonel of the 22d regiment, and next year was made brigadier-general. He was at the siege of Louisburg in 1758, and, after the surrender of the town, was left there as military governor. On a voyage to Boston in December, 1761, the ship put into Plymouth harbor to seek shelter from contrary winds, and Gen. Whitmore, going on deck at midnight, accidentally fell overboard and was drowned. His body was taken up next morning near the “Gurnet,” and carried to Boston in the same vessel. On Wednesday, 16 Dec., he was buried with military pomp in the king's chapel. See Richard Brown's “History of the Island of Cape Breton” (London, 1869); Francis Parkman's “Montcalm and Wolfe” (Boston, 1885); and William H. Whitmore's “Old State-House Memorial” (Boston, 1887).