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Alexander WHITE

(1738-1804)

WHITE, Alexander, a Representative from Virginia; born in Frederick County, Va., in 1738; studied law at the Inner Temple, London, in 1762 and attended Gray’s Inn in 1763; member, Virginia House of Burgesses, 1772-1773; member of the State house of delegates 1782-1786 and in 1788; delegate to the State convention in 1788; elected to the First and Second Congresses (March 4, 1789-March 3, 1793); again a member of the State house of delegates 1799-1801; appointed by President Washington May 18, 1795, one of the three commissioners to lay out the city of Washington, D.C., and erect the public buildings, and served until May 1, 1802, when the board was abolished; died on his estate, “Woodville,” in Frederick County, Va., October 9, 1804.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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