Gideon White

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Gideon White
Member of the
Nova Scotia House of Assembly
for Barrington
In office
Preceded byJoseph Aplin
Personal details
BornMarch 1753
Plymouth, Province of Massachusetts Bay
DiedSeptember 30, 1833 (aged 80)
Shelburne, Nova Scotia
Deborah Whitworth
(m. 1787)
RelationsEdward Winslow (cousin)
Military service
Allegiance Nova Scotia
Branch/serviceAmerican Civil War

Gideon White (March 1753 – September 30, 1833) was an American military officer who served as a captain in the Duke of Cumberland's Regiment and then became a merchant, judge and political figure in Nova Scotia. He represented Barrington Township in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1790 to 1793.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts, the son of Captain Gideon White and Joanna Howland, both descendants of the Pilgrims.


White was in Nova Scotia in 1776. In September that same year, he was captured[vague] by an American privateer and taken back to Massachusetts where he was placed under house arrest[why?]. White went to Liverpool, Nova Scotia in the winter of the following year. After trading in the Caribbean, he established himself as a merchant in Charleston, South Carolina. In 1782, he went to New York City and served as a captain in the Duke of Cumberland's Regiment. White settled at Shelburne, Nova Scotia with other members of that retired regiment in 1784, retiring on half pay from his military service.

He served as a justice of the peace for Halifax County and then Shelburne County, also serving as custos rotulorum, major in the militia, customs collector, justice in the Inferior Court of Common Pleas and as commissioner of bridges and roads.

He was elected to the assembly in a by-election held after Joseph Aplin left the province in 1789, taking his seat March 1, 1790.

Personal life[edit]

In 1787, he married Deborah Whitworth. White died in Shelburne, Nova Scotia at the age of 80. He was a cousin of Edward Winslow.

See also[edit]


  • Harvey, Mary M (1987). "Gideon White". Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online. Retrieved 2011-04-27.
  • Elliott, Shirley B. (1984). The Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia, 1758-1983: a biographical directory (PDF). Halifax: Province of Nova Scotia. p. 253&231–232. ISBN 0-88871-050-X.

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