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Wheelock "Whee" Whitney, Jr. (July 30, 1926 – May 20, 2016) was an American businessman, politician, educator, sports team executive and owner, philanthropist. Whitney was a successful investment banker from 1957 until 1972. When he left the industry, he taught at the Carlson School of Business.

Whitney was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He studied at Phillips Academy and Yale University.

Whitney was the 1964 Republican nominee for U.S. Senate from Minnesota. He lost to Eugene McCarthy, and the Republican nominee for governor of Minnesota in 1982, losing to Rudy Perpich.

He was the team executive for the Minnesota Twins. He was also a part-owner and president of the Minnesota Vikings football team for a number of years.

Whitney died under hospice care in Independence, Minnesota on May 20, 2016, aged 89.

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