Leonard D. White

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Leonard Dupee White (January 17, 1891 – February 23, 1958) was an American historian who specialized in public administration in the United States.[1] His technique was to study administration in the context of grouped U.S. presidential terms. An important founder of the field, White worked at the University of Chicago after service in the administrations of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

White was born in Acton, Massachusetts to John Sidney White and Bertha H. (Dupee) White. He received his bachelor's degree from Dartmouth in 1914 and his master's from Dartmouth in 1915, after which he taught there for a few years. He received his doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1921.

In 1934 he went to Washington to serve on the U.S. Civil Service Commission and Central Statistics Board. He died in Chicago in 1958.

The last of White's four historical books subtitled A Study in Administrative History was The Republican Era: 1869–1901. It was published by Macmillan in 1958, the year of his death, as by White "with the assistance of Jean Schneider". Next year White posthumously and Schneider shared the annual Pulitzer Prize for History.[2]


  • Guggenheim Fellow, 1927–28
  • 1948 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Book Award, The Federalists: A Study in Administrative History[3]
  • 1959 Pulitzer Prize for History, The Republican Era: 1869–1901[2]

Selected works[edit]

  • "The Origin of Utility Commissions in Massachusetts", Journal of Political Economy, March 1921; also distributed separately by University of Chicago Press – related to Ph.D. thesis, U. of Chicago, 1921[4]
  • Introduction to the Study of Public Administration (Prentice-Hall, 1926), renewed 1954
  • The Federalists: A Study in Administrative History 1789-1801 (MacMillan, 1948)
  • The Jeffersonians: A Study in Administrative History 1801-1829 (MacMillan, 1951)
  • The Jacksonian Era: A Study in Administrative History 1829-1861 (MacMillan,1954)
  • The Republican Era, 1869-1901: A Study in Administrative History (MacMillan, 1958)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Shafritz, Jay M. (2004) "White, Leonard D." The Dictionary of Public Policy and Administration Westview Press, Boulder, Colorado, ISBN 0-8133-4260-0
  2. ^ a b "History". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2013-11-25.
  3. ^ "Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award"
  4. ^ "The origin of utility commissions in Massachusetts". Library of Congress Catalog Record. Retrieved 2013-11-25.
  • Weber J. (1996) "Leonard Dupee White and Public Administration" Journal of Management History 2(2): pp. 41–64
  • Roberts, Alasdair (2009) "The Path Not Taken: Leonard White and the Macrodynamics of Administrative Development." Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1322562

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