Death of a Noted character.
--James W. Whitney
, familiarly known as "Milord Coke
," the King
of the Missouri Legislative
lobby, died in Pike county
, Mc., on the 13th inst., aged 84 years. In former times, the "Lobby," or third house, was regularly organized at every session of the Missouri Legislature. "Milord Coke
" was the perpetual President
at the third House, always claiming that position as a matter of right.
As a parliamentarian he had no superior in the State
, and many a Speaker and Lieut. Governor
has been brought to the blush by "Milord's" stinging reviews of some of the decisions given by them from the chair.
was a graduate of Williams' College.
He afterwards studied law in Cazenovia, N. Y.
, and emigrated to Alton
was yet a territory.
Before coming West he married in Massachusetts
, where he lived with his wife and son for a short time, when one day, from some cause which he never would explain, he packed up his clothes and left, never seeing or corresponding with his family afterward.