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Edward Douglass WHITE

(1795-1847)

WHITE, Edward Douglass, (son of James White and father of Edward Douglass White [1845-1921]), a Representative from Louisiana; born in Nashville, Tenn., in March 1795; moved with his father to what is now St. Martin Parish, La., in 1799; attended the common schools, and was graduated from the University of Nashville, Tennessee, in 1815; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Donaldsonville, La.; was appointed judge of the city court of New Orleans and moved there in 1825; elected to the Twenty-first, Twenty-second, and Twenty-third Congresses and served from March 4, 1829, to November 15, 1834, when he resigned; Governor of Louisiana from 1834 to 1838; moved to Thibodaux; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1839-March 3, 1843); resumed the practice of his profession; also engaged as a planter; died in New Orleans, La., April 18, 1847; interment in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Thibodaux, La.

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

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