Whipple, Edwin Percy
- Robert L. Gale
Whipple, Edwin Percy (08 March 1819–16 June 1886), author and lecturer, was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts, the son of Matthew Whipple and Lydia Gardiner. When Whipple was eighteen months old, his father died of cholera, and his mother moved to Salem, Massachusetts, with her four young sons. Whipple attended school in Salem, took commercial courses, and graduated from high school in 1834. He clerked in Salem’s Bank of General Interest and voraciously read books of literature and history in his spare time. In 1837 he moved to Boston, where he was a clerk and then the chief clerk for Dana, Fenno and Henshaw, a banking and brokerage firm. He continued to read widely and began to collect books. He also socialized and debated with fellow members of two Boston organizations, the Mercantile Library Association and the Attic Nights Club, the latter of which he helped found....