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WHITE, Alexander

1738–1804

Biography

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.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

The Copley Press
J.S. Copley Library

La Jolla, CA
Papers: 1776, 6.5 pages. A letter from Alexander White to Major General Charles Lee written on June 27, 1776. In the letter, White provides a long, detailed report on political conditions in Virginia just before the Declaration of Independence, with the conflict on remaining with the British Empire or fighting for self government. "The Arguments of Pamphleteers and News Paper Scriblers on both sides of the Question have been so absurd, fallacious or at best superficial that very little instruction or pleasure could be derived from reading them."

George Washington University
Gelman Library

Washington, DC
Papers: 1798, 1 item. Commissioners appointed to lay out the city of Washington: Gustavus Scott, William Thornton, and Alexander White. Letter signed by Scott, Thornton, and White; enclosed an estimate of the cost of houses Washington proposed to build in Washington; Washington later agreed to the terms for building two houses.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Papers: At least 1 item (1791) in the Charles Francis Jenkins papers.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 1788, 1 item. A letter from Alexander White to an unidentified recipient written on June 10, 1788.
Papers: In the William Dawson Family Papers, 1728-1775, 2 volumes. Correspondents include Alexander White.
Papers: In the James Madison Papers, ca. 1723-1859, approximately 12,000 items. Correspondents include Alexander White.
Papers: In the Charles Simms Papers, ca. 1739-1822, approximately 1,118 items. Correspondents include Alexander White.
Papers: In the Adam Stephen Papers, ca. 1749-1849, 125 items. Correspondents include Alexander White.

The Library of Virginia
Archives Division

Richmond, VA
Papers: At least 1 item (1790) in Executive Papers.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: June-August 1789. 3 letters. Official correspondence. Finding aid in repository.
Papers: At least 1 item (1790) in the Horatio Gates papers.

New York Public Library

New York, NY
Papers: At least 14 letters (1789-1790) in the Emmet collection; at least 3 letters (1789, 1791) in the Horatio Gates papers.

University of North Carolina

Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: At least 1 item (1789) in the Southern Historical Collection; at least 1 item (1791) in the Preston Davie collection.

Wisconsin Historical Society

Madison, WI
Papers: At least 1 item (1791) in the Shepard papers.
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