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Preceded by  Porter Hardy, Jr.
Role  Politician
Political party  Republican
Party  Republican Party

Profession  Journalist, Professor
Succeeded by  Owen B. Pickett
Name  G. Whitehurst
Movies  Mentor
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Born  March 12, 1925 (age 90) Norfolk, Virginia (1925-03-12)
Alma mater  Washington and Lee University (B.A.) University of Virginia (M.A.) West Virginia University (Ph.D.)
Books  Diary of a Congressman, Diary of a Congressman: ABSCAM and beyond
Education  University of Virginia, Washington and Lee University, West Virginia University

George William Whitehurst (born March 12, 1925) is a professor and retired politician who served in the United States House of Representatives from the state of Virginia. He began his career as a professor at the Norfolk campus of the College of William and Mary, which became Old Dominion College in 1962. After serving as Dean of Students from 1963–1968, Whitehurst left academia for a nineteen-year stay in Congress. Upon retiring from politics, he returned to what was by then Old Dominion University, where he currently holds the chair of Kaufman Lecturer in Public Affairs.


Early life

George William "Dr. Bill" Whitehurst was born in Norfolk, Virginia on March 12, 1925. Graduating from Maury High School in 1942, he served in the United States Navy as an aviation radioman in the Pacific Theater, from 1943 to 1946.

Whitehurst received his bachelor's degree in history from Washington and Lee University in 1950, and his master's degree, also in history, from the University of Virginia in 1951. In 1962, Whitehurst received his Ph.D. in American Diplomatic History from West Virginia University. While attending Washington and Lee University he joined the Delta Upsilon Fraternity. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Delta Upsilon Fraternity. He was an active faculty member at Old Dominion College from 1950 to 1968.

Congressional career

Whitehurst was elected to Congress in 1968 as a Republican from a district based in the Hampton Roads area. He was the first Republican to represent that part of Virginia since the Great Depression. He was re-elected eight more times, retiring in 1987 after declining to run for a tenth term. For most of his tenure in Congress, he served on the Armed Services Committee. He also served on the Select Committee on Intelligence and the Ethics Committee.

After his service in Congress, Whitehurst returned as a faculty member at Old Dominion University in 1987, where he still teaches.

He also served for many years as an analyst for WTKR in Norfolk. He is also an active United Methodist and has served on the Board of Visitors of the Tidewater Wesley Foundation, the United Methodist Campus Ministry at Old Dominion University, for many years.

Electoral history

  • 1968; Whitehurst defeated Democrat Frederick T. Stant winning 54.21% of the vote.
  • 1970; Whitehurst defeated Democrat Joseph T. Fitzpatrick winning 61.71% of the vote.
  • 1972; Whitehurst defeated Democrat L. Charles Burlage winning 73.45% of the vote.
  • 1974; Whitehurst defeated Democrat Robert R. Richards winning 59.99% of the vote.
  • 1976; Whitehurst defeated Democrat Robert Everett Washington winning 65.69% of the vote.
  • 1978; Whitehurst was unopposed for re-election.
  • 1980; Whitehurst defeated Independent Kenneth Morrison winning 89.84% of the vote.
  • 1982; Whitehurst was unopposed for re-election.
  • 1984; Whitehurst was unopposed for re-election.
  • 2016 Presidential Election

    On October 6, 2016, Whitehurst, along with other Republican former members of Congress, was co-signator of a letter opposing Donald J. Trump's candidacy for the office of president. Although the letter did not officially endorse Hillary Rodham Clinton or any other candidate, it did state that "our party’s nominee this year is a man who makes a mockery of the principles and values we have cherished and which we sought to represent in Congress.”


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