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George Elon WHITE

(1848-1935)

WHITE, George Elon, a Representative from Illinois; born in Millbury, Worcester County, Mass., March 7, 1848; attended the public schools; during the Civil War enlisted as a private in the Fifty-seventh Regiment, Massachusetts Veteran Volunteers; after the close of the war entered a commercial college in Worcester, Mass.; moved to Chicago, Ill., in 1867 and engaged in the lumber business and also became interested in banking; member of the board of aldermen of Chicago; member of the State senate 1878-1886; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth and Fifty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1895-March 3, 1899); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1898 to the Fifty-sixth Congress; resumed his former business pursuits in Chicago, Ill., and served as president of the White Lumber Co.; died in Chicago, Ill., on May 17, 1935; interment in the mausoleum in Rosehill Cemetery.

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

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