|Born||September 8, 1790
Whitestown, New York
|Died||December 18, 1834
St. Augustine, Florida
|Projects||Erie Canal, Delaware and Raritan Canal|
|Significant advance||Hydraulic cement|
Early life and Family
White was born on September 8, 1790, in Whitestown, New York to Hugh White,Jr.(January 16, 1763 - Apr. 7, 1827) and Tryphena Lawrence White ( July 4, 1768 - Mar. 30, 1800, a native of Canaan, Connecticut).  
He received his education at the Fairfield Academy.
His first job as an engineer was on the Erie Canal in 1816 working for chief engineer Judge Benjamin Wright. In the autumn of 1817, he travelled to England to study their canal system. When he returned he patented a type of hydraulic cement. He continued his work on New York until 1824. Then from 1824 until the summer of 1826, he was Chief Engineer on the Union Canal (Pennsylvania). He was then appointed Chief Engineer of the Delaware and Raritan Canal in 1825 and of the Lehigh Canal in 1827. He was also a Consulting Engineer for the Schuylkill Navigation Company and for the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. He became President of the Cohoes Company when it was incorporated on March 28, 1826.
Works of White's that survive include:
- Carbon County Section of the Lehigh Canal, Along Lehigh River Weissport and Vicinity, PA, listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP)
- Enfield Canal, Along Connecticut River from Windsor Locks N to Thompsonville Windsor Locks, CT, NRHP-listed
- Lehigh Canal, Lehigh Gap to S Walnutport boundary Walnutport, PA, NRHP-listed
- Lehigh Canal, Walnutport to Allentown Section Allentown and vicinity, PA, NRHP-listed
- Lehigh Canal: Eastern Section Glendon and Abbott Street Industrial Sites, Lehigh River from Hopeville to confluence of Lehigh and Delaware Rivers Easton, PA, NRHP-listed
- Lehigh Canal; Allentown to Hopeville Section, Along Lehigh River Bethlehem and, PA, NRHP-listed
- Union Canal Tunnel, W of Lebanon off PA 72 Lebanon, PA, NRHP-listed
He died in 1834 and was buried in Princeton Cemetery.
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- Lists biographical information was obtained from the following sources: Charles B. Stuart, Lives and Works of Civil and Military Engineers in America (New York, 1871); William P. White, "Canvass White's Services" in Buffalo Historical Society Publications, Vol. 13 (Buffalo, 1909), 353:66; and the American Society of Civil Engineers, A Biographical Dictionary of American Civil Engineers (New York, 1972), 126-27.
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