Whitney, Jonas

Flourished: 1837-1842 Springfield, Illinois

In the mid 1830s, Whitney purchased large tracts of public land in areas that would become Logan, Mason, and Menard counties in Illinois. He was among the prominent citizens of Springfield who signed a note for $16,666.67 to pay for the final installment of $50,000 to ensure that the state capital would move to Springfield. Whitney was a member of the Springfield Board of Trustees in 1840.

Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database, Logan County, 69:150, 153; Mason County, 69:150; Menard County, 69:164, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; History of Sangamon County, Illinois (Chicago: Inter-State, 1881), 287, 565.