James White (politician)

James White ( born June 16, 1749 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, † October 1809 in Louisiana ) was an American politician. Between 1794 and 1796 he represented the Southwest Territory as a delegate in the U.S. House of Representatives. Previously, he was a member of the Continental Congress for the State of North Carolina.


James White attended a college of the Jesuits in St- Omer, which is today in France, but at that time was part of the Austrian Netherlands. He then studied at the University of Pennsylvania Medicine and Law. After the end of his studies, he moved to North Carolina, where he was also active in politics. In 1785 he was elected to the House of Representatives from North Carolina. From 1786 to 1788 he represented his state in the Continental Congress. He also became Indian commissioner in the southern part of North Carolina end of 1786. After retiring from Congress, he moved to what was then the border area in the west and was one of the first settlers in Nashville later in the state of Tennessee. In the 1780s he also supported the plan for the establishment of the State of Franklin by John Sevier.

1794 White Member in the House of Representatives of the Southwest Territory. Between 1794 and 1796 he represented as a delegate of the territory whose interests in the Congress of the United States. With the founding of Tennessee in 1796, went out this mandate. 1799, White in the territory that became the state of Louisiana. In 1804 he was appointed by President Thomas Jefferson to a federal judgeship in the local Orleans Territory. James White died in 1809 in Louisiana. His son Edward (1795-1847) was first a congressman and 1835-1838 Governor of Louisiana. His grandson, Edward White Jr. (1845-1921) served 1910-1921 as Chief Justice.