Alexander White (Virginia)

Alexander White ( * 1738 in Frederick County, Virginia; † October 9, 1804 ) was an American politician. Between 1789 and 1793 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Alexander White grew up during the British colonial period. In 1762, he studied law in London. Upon his return to Virginia he was royal prosecutor in his home district. In 1772 and 1773 he was a deputy in the colonial House of Burgesses. About White's role during the Revolutionary War, the sources give no evidence. After the war he sat 1782-1786 and again in 1788 in the House of Representatives from Virginia. In 1788 he was a delegate to the Assembly, which ratified the Constitution of the United States for Virginia.

In the congressional elections of 1789 White was elected in the first district of Virginia in the time initially meeting in New York U.S. House of Representatives, where he took up his new mandate on March 4, 1789. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1793 two legislative sessions. There, he campaigned for the 1791 was the ratification of the Bill of Rights, which includes the first ten constitutional amendments.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives was Alexander White by President George Washington as one of three officers to monitor the construction of the new federal capital, Washington DC appointed. This post he held from 1795 until the dissolution of that body in 1802. Between 1799 and 1801 White was again a deputy in the State Parliament. He died on October 9, 1804 at his estate Woodville in Frederick County.