Whitaker was born in Russellville, Kentucky. He attended the public schools, Bethel College, and the University of Kentucky. He later studied law, attained admitted to the bar in 1926, and commenced practice in Russellville.
Whitaker was elected as a Democrat to the Eightieth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Earle C. Clements. He was reelected to the Eighty-first and Eighty-second Congresses and served from April 17, 1948, until his death in Russellville, Kentucky, December 15, 1951.
He was interred in Russellville's Maple Grove Cemetery.
Whitaker was the grandson of Addison James, who also served in Congress.
- United States Congress. "John A. Whitaker (id: W000348)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- John A. Whitaker at Find a Grave
- John Albert Whitaker, Late a Representative from Kentucky. Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office. 1952.
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|U.S. House of Representatives|
Earle C. Clements
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 2nd congressional district
April 17, 1948 – December 15, 1951
Garrett L. Withers