WHITE, William John, (1850 - 1923)


"The House of Representatives of the Fifty Third Congress" (detail), The Graphic Chicago, 1893, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

WHITE, William John, a Representative from Ohio; born at Rice Lake, Ontario, Canada, October 7, 1850; moved to the United States in 1857 with his parents, who settled in Cleveland, Ohio; attended the district schools; entered business as a candy maker in 1869, and later began the manufacture of chewing gum; mayor of West Cleveland in 1889; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-third Congress (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1895); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1894; was first president of the American Chicle Co. and later president of the W.J. White Chicle Co.; died in Cleveland, Ohio, on February 16, 1923; interment in Lake View Cemetery.