John Whitehill (father of James Whitehill and brother of Robert Whitehill) was born in Salisbury Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Lancaster County. He was appointed justice of the peace and justice of the orphans’ court of Lancaster County in 1777. He was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1780–1782 and 1793. He served as a member of the council of censors in 1783, and was a delegate to the supreme executive council in 1784. He was a member of the State ratification convention in 1787. He served as associate judge of Lancaster County in 1791.
- United States Congress. "John Whitehill (id: W000403)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- The Political Graveyard
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| Member, Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, representing Lancaster County
22 December 1784 – 16 October 1787
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 3rd congressional district
1803–1807 alongside: Isaac Anderson
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