WHITE, James, (father of Edward Douglass White [1795-1847] and grandfather of
Edward Douglass White [1845-1921]),
a Delegate from North Carolina and from the Territory South of the
River Ohio (now the State of Tennessee); born in Philadelphia, Pa., June 16,
1749; attended a Jesuit College in St. Omer, France; returned to the United
States and studied medicine in the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia;
also studied law; moved to North Carolina and settled in Davidson County;
member of the North Carolina General Assembly in 1785; Member of the
Continental Congress from North Carolina 1786-1788; superintendent of Indian
affairs for the southern district in 1786; after the creation of the Territory
South of the River Ohio (later the State of Tennessee) in 1790, served in the
house of representatives of the first Territorial legislature from Davidson
County in 1794; elected as a Delegate to the Third and Fourth Congresses from
the Territory South of the River Ohio and served from September 3, 1794, to
June 1, 1796, when the Territory was admitted into the Union as the State of
Tennessee; moved to Louisiana in 1799; appointed judge of Attakapas district in
1804 and later of St. Martin Parish; died in Attakapas, La., in October 1809.
BibliographyReeves, William Dale.
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.