Chilton A. White

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Chilton Allen White
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1861 – March 3, 1865
Preceded by William Howard
Succeeded by Reader W. Clarke
Member of the Ohio Senate from the 4th district
In office
January 2, 1860 – March 3, 1861
Preceded by William R. Kinkead
Succeeded by John Johnson
Personal details
Born (1826-02-06)February 6, 1826
Georgetown, Ohio, U.S.
Died December 7, 1900(1900-12-07) (aged 74)
Georgetown, Ohio
Resting place Confidence Cemetery
Political party Democratic
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Unit 1st Reg. Ohio Volunteers
Battles/wars Mexican-American War

Chilton Allen White (February 6, 1826 – December 7, 1900) was an American politician. He was a Democrat and a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Georgetown, Ohio, White attended the public schools and the subscription school run by his father, John D. White, where he befriended Ulysses Grant, a classmate. He taught school. He served in the Mexican-American War with Company G, First Regiment, Ohio Volunteers. He studied law.


He was admitted to the bar in 1848 and commenced the practice of law in Georgetown, Ohio. He served as prosecuting attorney of Brown County from 1852 to 1854. He served as member of the Ohio Senate in 1859 and 1860.

White was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-seventh and Thirty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1861 – March 3, 1865). His vote on the Thirteenth Amendment is recorded as nay. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1864 to the Thirty-ninth Congress.

During the American Civil War, he opposed the use of black soldiers by the U.S. Army, reportedly saying that "This is a Government of white men, made by white men for white men, to be administered, protected, defended, and maintained by white men."[1]

He resumed the practice of law in Georgetown. He served as delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1873. He was an unsuccessful candidate for secretary of state in 1896.

Later life and death[edit]

He died in Georgetown, Ohio, December 7, 1900. He was interred in Confidence Cemetery.


  1. ^ Forrest G. Wood, Black Scare: The Racist Response to Emancipation and Reconstruction (1968), p. 43; citing CG, 37 Cong., 3 Sess. (Feb. 2-5, 1863), pp. 680-690, and Appendix (Feb. 2, 1863), p. 93; White, "Speech".

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