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Philip Arthur Whitacre

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

LL.B.; Alpha Epsilon; Lamed Pe; Henry Clay Law Society.

"The Bubble winked at me and said: 'I wonder if you'll miss me, brother, when you're dead?' " Patriotism has consumed me. I will therefore accept any office of public trust, preferably justice of the peace. Away with fame, fortune, honor, position and power! My county calls; I can't raise; give me Budweiser. I hail from other states, being attracted to this seat of learning by its fame for "Old Bourbon" and big glasses. At that, I am a pretty handy fellow, and can do anything, to-wit: plow corn, teach school, sell life insurance, audit books, run a commercial college, and darn sox. When I leave here I intend to cheat somebody out of a thousand dollars.

-The Kentuckian, 1912

Philip Arthur Whitacre (August 15, 1883 - August 3, 1948) was born in Darke County, Ohio to Frederick Whitacre and Caroline Bishop Chew. Whitacre worked as the superintendent of the Inter-State School of Commerce in Cedar Rapids, Iowa before attending the University of Kentucky. He served as a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army during World War I. After the war, he moved to San Diego, California where he became the city's first Public Attorney. Whitacre also served in the California State Assembly as a representative from San Diego. In addition to practicing law in this area, Whitacre also served as the San Diego County Fish and Game Commission Secretary. Whitacre married Anne Elizabeth Oberholtzer in 1926.