WHITE, Edward Douglass, (1845 - 1921)

Senate Years of Service: 1891-1894
Party: Democrat

Courtesy U.S. Senate Historical Office

WHITE, Edward Douglass, (son of Edward Douglass White [1795-1847] and grandson of James White), a Senator from Louisiana; born near Thibodaux, Lafourche Parish, La., November 3, 1845; attended Mount St. Mary’s College, near Emmitsburg, Md., the Jesuit College in New Orleans, La., and Georgetown College, Washington, D.C.; served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; studied law; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in New Orleans, La., in 1868; member, State senate 1874; associate justice of the supreme court of Louisiana 1879-1880; resumed the practice of law; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1891, until his resignation, effective March 12, 1894; chairman, Committee to Audit and Control the Contingent Expenses (Fifty-third Congress); appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States by President Grover Cleveland in 1894; appointed Chief Justice of the United States in 1910, and served until his death in Washington, D.C., May 19, 1921; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.


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