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Whiting, William Henry 1843- Naval officer; born in New York City, July 8, 1843; graduated at the United States Naval Academy in 1863; was with the West Gulf Squadron on the flag-ship Hartford in 1863-65; won distinction by burning the blockade-runner Ivanhoe, though defended by the guns of Fort Morgan, July 5, 1864; raised the American flag at the fall of Fort Gaines; was present during the action of Mobile Bay and at the capitulation of Fort Morgan; he was promoted captain, June 19, 1897; went to the Philippines in command of the Monadnock in 1898; was in command of the cruiser Charleston when the insurrection began in the islands; participated in the battles around Manila, and was present in the action at Caloocan. In May, 1899, he was placed in command of the Boston, which he took to San Francisco; and in March, 1900, took command of the receiving-ship Independence.