George Henry White

George Henry White ( born December 18, 1852 in Rosindale, Bladen County, North Carolina, † December 28, 1918 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ) was an American politician. Between 1897 and 1901 he represented the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


The African American George White was born in 1852 as a free citizen. After the Civil War, he attended the common schools and studied until 1877 at Howard University in Washington DC After a subsequent law degree in 1879 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he began in New Bern (North Carolina) to work in this profession. In the meantime, he also directed the New Bern State Normal School, a training school for future African-American teachers. Politically White was a member of the Republican Party. In 1881 he became a deputy in the House of Representatives from North Carolina; In 1885 he was elected to the State Senate. Between 1886 and 1894 he served as a prosecutor in the second judicial district of his state. In the years 1896 and 1900, White was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions, on each of which William McKinley was nominated as a presidential candidate.

In the congressional elections of 1896, he was elected in the second district of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, where he succeeded the Democrats Frederick Augustus Woodard took on 4 March 1897 that he had beaten in the election. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1901 two legislative sessions. These were shaped by the events of the Spanish-American War. In Congress viewed White sat particularly addressing the concerns of African-American fellow countrymen. Among other things, he brought a bill against the then common practice of lynching in the South.

Once in his home country, the election laws were changed to the disadvantage of African Americans and these were increasingly intimidated, George White renounced in 1900 to a bid again. After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives, he again worked as a lawyer; He also went into the banking industry. He was a board member, founded in 1898 National African- American Council. Since 1906 he lived in Philadelphia. There he died on 28 December 1918.