He was born at Rosette (later Round Hill, Nova Scotia), the son of Elizabeth (Rice) and John Whitman, and, after completing his education, engaged in agriculture and fruit-growing. Whitman's first wife was Eleanor Spurr; he later married Charlotte Tupper. He died at Round Hill at the age of 83.
The American business executive Meg Whitman is his great-great-great-granddaughter.
- Calnek, W. A. History of the County of Annapolis, Nova Scotia : Including Old Port Royal & Acadia (1999)