William Penn Whitehouse Homestead Site
On this site stood the homestead of William Penn Whitehouse, Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court from 1911 to 1919. An 1863 graduate of Colby College, Whitehouse studied law with Sewall Lancaster, then opened his own law office in 1866. In 1878 he was appointed to the Superior Court, in Kennebec County. In 1890 he was appointed Associate Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. After retirement as Chief Justice he was active in civic affairs and was a strong advocate for the abolition of the death penalty in Maine. Justice Whitehouse purchased the house in 1879 and died here October 22, 1922. The Greek Revival style house was built in 1851 by Benjamin F. Morse[,] a carriage manufacturer. After Justice Whitehouse's death the house was sold and became an apartment house until it was torn down for commercial development in 2007.
Location. 44° 18.663′ N, 69° 46.702′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Maine, in Kennebec County. Marker is on Water Street east of Memorial Circle, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 399 Water Street, Augusta ME 04330, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civil War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); World War I Memorial
Also see . . .
1. "Demolition delay rules might help save Augusta’s historic buildings" (Edwards, 2012). (Submitted on December 2, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. William Penn Whitehouse at Find A Grave. (Submitted on December 2, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Charity & Public Work • Civil Rights • Man-Made Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 2, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 92 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 2, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.