Edward Douglass White, Sr.

Edward Douglass White senior (* March 3, 1795 in Maury County, Tennessee, † April 18, 1847 in New Orleans, Louisiana ) was an American politician and 1835-1839 Governor of the State of Louisiana. He was also a deputy in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Early years and political rise

Already in 1799, came with his father, Edward White, the former Congress delegates James White in today's St. Martin Parish, Louisiana. There he attended the public schools. Then he returned to Tennessee, where he studied at the former University of Nashville until 1815. After a subsequent law studies he began in Donaldsonville to work as a lawyer.

Between 1825 and 1828 White judge was at an urban court in New Orleans. Between 1829 and 1834 he represented his state in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington. On July 7, 1834, he was elected as a candidate of the Whig Party to the governor of his state. He then resigned his seat in Congress.

Governor of Louisiana

White took up his new post on February 2 as the successor to Andre Bienvenu Roman, which should also be four years later his successor. In his four-year tenure, the gas-powered street lighting was introduced in some cities of the state. At that time the Medical College of Louisiana were established and adopted import duties on sugar. Thus, the local sugar industry should be protected. Since 1837, Louisiana was also recorded by the then economic crisis.

Further CV

White's term ended on February 4, 1839. Afterwards he was elected for two terms again as a deputy in the Congress. There he was between 4 March 1839 3 March 1843. Afterwards he worked as a lawyer and planter. Edward White senior died in 1847. Together with his wife Catharine Sidney Ringgold he had five children, including his son Edward Jr., the federal judge of the United States was 1891-1894 and U.S. Senator 1910-1921 Supreme.

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