Edward V. Whiton was originally from Massachusetts. He moved to Janesville in the first year of the city`s foundation in 1835. From then on Whiton was a key figure in local and state politics. He served as a territorial representative in 1836, help found the state constitution in 1847, and served as chief justice from 1853 until his death in 1859.
Not only is this home valuable because of the significance of it`s past owners, but it is also considered one the most prominent examples of Greek Revival architecture in the Janesville area. It is fitting that a successful intellectual involved in politics resided here as the popularity of the Greek Revival style is often associated with the Greek's investment in knowledge. The simple exterior shows the common traits of moldings and pillars often seen in the style of Greek Revival.