WHITE, Edward Douglass

1795–1847

Biography

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.

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

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External Research Collections

Historic New Orleans Collection

New Orleans, LA
Papers: In the Antebellum Letter Collection, 1823-1857, 28 items. Correspondents include Edward Douglass White.

Tulane University Library

New Orleans, LA
Papers: In the John McDonogh Papers, ca. 1789-1869, 5569 items. Correspondents include E.D. White.

University of Virginia
The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

Charlottesville, VA
Papers: In the James Barbour Papers, 1830-1833, 2 items. In a letter, 1833 February 19, to Thomas Aspinwall, U. S. Consul at London, James Barbour introduces [Edward Douglass?] White, a U.S. Congressman who is touring Europe.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Reeves, William D. Paths to distinction: Dr. James White, Governor E.D. White, and Chief Justice Edward Douglass White of Louisiana. Thibodaux, La.: Friends of the Edward Douglass White Historic Site, 1999.

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