Monday, June 6, 2011

The Writings of John D. Whitford Available Online

John D. Whitford, about 1904
John Dalton Whitford (17 Aug 1825-13 Sep 1910), legislator, railroad president, soldier and historian, was born in New Bern, the son of Hardy Whitford and Mary James Clark. He married Jeanie Reid. At the age of 21, he was elected Intendent of New Bern (as the office of Mayor was designated at the time). He also served as Collector of Customs at New Bern's port, and soon after was elected President of the Atlantic and North Carolina Railroad. In May 1919, Judge R.A. Nunn gave a speech detailing the life of Col. John D. Whitford.
At various times during the late 1800s and the early 1900s, Whitford penned articles for the local newspapers detailing the history of New Bern. These articles are being transcribed and placed on the website of the Kellenberger Room for your enjoyment. The articles may be read at


  1. Thank you for posting this information! I love the history of New Bern!

  2. I am so excited to find that you've created this blog!I'm looking forward to visiting the Kellenberger Room to look up some information on my great grandfather :)