The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Whitman
WHITMAN, Mass., town in Plymouth County, on the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, about seven miles east of Brockton and 20 miles south by east of Boston. The chief manufacturing establishments are boot and shoe factories, paper and wood box factories, tack and nail works and steel shank factory. Whitman has 65 manufacturing establishments, employing about 2,500 persons, with annual products of over $6,000,000. It has seven churches, public schools and a public library. There are two banks, one national and one savings bank. The government is administered by annual town meetings. The town was originally a part of Abington, but was set off in 1875 and incorporated as South Abington. In 1886 the present name was adopted. Pop. ????.