F. A. Whiteside, a representative and influential citizen of Carrollton, who in the practice of law has won notable and gratifying success, was born in Adams county, Illinois, on the 28th of October, 1861, his parents being John W. and Millie T. (Dale) Whiteside, the former a native of Hamilton county, Ohio, and the latter of Illinois. the grandfather, Isaac Whiteside, was a native of New York, whence he removed to Ohio, remaining in that state until the early ‘40s, when he came to Illinois. A few years afterward he settled in Brown county, where he spent his remaining days. He was a tailor by trade and followed that pursuit for a number of years, but in his latter life he gave his attention to farming.
John W. Whiteside learned the blacksmith's trade and continued to work at the anvil until after the inauguration of the Civil war, when he responded to the country's call for aid, enlisting in Company I, Eighty-fourth Illinois Infantry, and continuing with his regiment until after the close of hostilities, when he was honorably discharged. He participated in a number of important battles and was always faithful to the cause which he espoused. Since the war he has resided in many places, following his trade until about 1890, when he retired, and he now makes his home in Perry, Oklahoma. Unto him and his wife were born three children.
F. A. Whiteside, the eldest of his father's family, obtained his elementary education in the public schools of Adams county, where he engaged in teaching for two years, following the completion of his own course of study. he afterward came to this county, where he taught for several years. His leisure hours during that period were devoted to reading law with James R. Ward, an attorney of Carrollton, as his preceptor. In 1887 he was admitted to the bar and for a year thereafter he remained in Mr. Ward's office, subsequent to which time he began practice on his own account. He is today one of Greene county's most successful lawyers - successful because of his thorough preparation, his devotion to his clients' interests and his forceful presentation of his cause before judge or jury. He is strong in argument, logical in his deductions and clear in his reasoning, and upon his own merits and capability he has won a place in the ranks of the foremost representatives of the legal fraternity in Carrollton.
In 1887 Mr. Whiteside was married to Miss Mary E. Muldrum, a native of this county and a daughter of George W. Muldrum, now deceased, who was an old and respected resident of the county. Mr. and Mrs. Whiteside have three children: George W., Edith A. and Mary. They have an attractive home and Mr. Whiteside brought the first automobile to Greene county. He is progressive, a typical American citizen, who delights in substantial progress and is in touch with the spirit of the times. In community affairs he is active and influential. In politics he is independent, voting for the men and measures which he believes will advance the best interests of the people. He served as city attorney for four years, was president of the board of education, and as a private citizen has contributed in substantial measure to the improvement of the city in many ways. he was made a Mason in Carrollton and is now a prominent member of Carrollton lodge No. 50, A.F. & A.M.; Carrollton chapter, No. 77, R.A.M.; and Hugh DePayens commandery No. 29, K.T. He has a wide and favorable acquaintance, possessing an intellectual strength and social nature that renders him an agreeable companion and causes his friendship to be prized by those who know him.