Albert Smith White

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Albert Smith White
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Member of the U. S. House of Representatives from Indiana's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1837 – March 3, 1839
Preceded byEdward A. Hannegan
Succeeded byTilghman A. Howard
United States Senator
from Indiana
In office
March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1845
Preceded byJohn Tipton
Succeeded byJesse D. Bright
Member of the U. S. House of Representatives from Indiana's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1861 – March 3, 1863
Preceded byJames Wilson
Succeeded byGodlove S. Orth
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Indiana
In office
January 18, 1864 – September 4, 1864
Appointed byAbraham Lincoln
Preceded byCaleb Blood Smith
Succeeded byDavid McDonald
Personal details
Born(1803-10-24)October 24, 1803
Orange County, New York, US
DiedSeptember 4, 1864(1864-09-04) (aged 60)
Stockwell, Indiana, US
Other political
Whig, Republican
Alma materUnion College
ProfessionPolitician, Lawyer, Judge

Albert Smith White (October 24, 1803 – September 4, 1864) was a U.S. Senator and Representative from the state of Indiana.

White was born in Orange County, New York. He graduated from Union College in Schenectady in 1822, after which he studied law; he entered practice as a lawyer in 1825. After a time he moved to Lafayette, Indiana, where he worked as the assistant clerk of the Indiana House of Representatives from 1831–32, moving up to the full clerkship in 1832-35. He also ran for the House in 1832, but was defeated.

1836 proved a more successful year for White; he served as a presidential elector on the Whig ticket, and was himself elected as a Whig to the 25th Congress (March 4, 1837 – March 3, 1839). After a single term in the House, White ran for the Senate in the 1838 election.

White won election to the Senate, where he served as chairman of two committees: the Committee to Audit and Control the Contingent Expenses, and the Committee on Indian Affairs. White declined to stand for reelection.

After leaving the Senate, he returned to Indiana, moving to the town of Stockwell, where he once again took up law, and also served as the president of several railroads, including the Indianapolis and La Fayette Railroad and the Wabash and Western Railroad.[1] In the 1860 election, he re-entered politics, running as a Republican for the House.

White was elected to the House again, serving from March 4, 1861 – March 3, 1863. He was a member of the select committee on emancipation. After his first term, he again did not run for reelection. After White left the House, President Abraham Lincoln named him a member of a commission that would judge claims from citizens against the government for not protecting them from Indian attacks. After his service there, he was made a judge on the U.S. District Court for Indiana. He served in this capacity until his death in Stockwell in 1864, when he was interred in Greenbush Cemetery in Lafayette.


  1. ^ "Albert Smith White". Indiana GenWeb. Retrieved July 28, 2012. cites original source as: Towne Memorial Fund (1864–1871). Memorial Biographies of The New England Historic Genealogical Society. VI (1905 reprint ed.). Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society. p. 32.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Edward A. Hannegan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 7th congressional district

March 4, 1837 – March 4, 1839
Succeeded by
Tilghman A. Howard
Preceded by
James Wilson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 8th congressional district

March 4, 1861 – March 4, 1863
Succeeded by
Godlove S. Orth
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
John Tipton
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Indiana
March 4, 1839 – March 4, 1845
Served alongside: Oliver H. Smith and Edward A. Hannegan
Succeeded by
Jesse D. Bright
Legal offices
Preceded by
Caleb Blood Smith
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Indiana
Succeeded by
David McDonald