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Alexander WHITE

(1816-1893)

WHITE, Alexander, a Representative from Alabama; born in Franklin, Williamson County, Tenn., October 16, 1816; moved with his parents to Courtland, Ala., in 1821; pursued an academic course and attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville; served in the Seminole War in 1836; moved to Talladega, Ala., in 1837; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1838 and commenced practice in Talladega; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-second Congress (March 4, 1851-March 3, 1853); moved to Selma, Ala., in 1856 and continued the practice of law; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1865; member of the State house of representatives in 1872; elected as a Republican to the Forty-third Congress (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1875); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1874 to the Forty-fourth Congress; appointed an associate justice of the United States Court for the Territory of Utah in 1875, serving only a few months; moved to Dallas, Tex., in 1876 and resumed the practice of law; died in Dallas December 13, 1893; interment in Greenwood Cemetery.

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

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