John White (Liberal MP)

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John White
Source: Milton Historical Society

John White (June 8, 1811 – May 3, 1897) was an Ontario lumber merchant and political figure. He represented Halton in the Canadian House of Commons as a Liberal member from 1867 to 1874.[1]

Born in Omagh, County Tyrone, Ireland, in 1811,[1] White came to Canada with his family in 1823 and was educated in Toronto. He served on the council for the Gore District and then on the council for Halton County. White was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for Halton in 1851 then again in 1858 and served until Confederation.[2] White was known as a horse breeder, and several horses owned by White and his brother James won the Queen's Plate, including the first running of this event.[3] He also served as captain in the local militia.[2]

White was married twice: to Mehitabel Post in 1836 and to Louisa Knight in 1846.[3] He died in Milton at the age of 85.[4]


  1. ^ a b John White (Liberal MP) – Parliament of Canada biography
  2. ^ a b HJ Morgan (1869). "The Canadian parliamentary companion". Retrieved 2016-11-27. 
  3. ^ a b "John White. Farmer, lumber dealer, member of parliament. 1811-1897.: Halton Images". Retrieved 2016-11-27. 
  4. ^ Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada. 
Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
The electoral district was created by the British North America Act, 1867.
Member of Parliament for Halton
Succeeded by
Daniel Black Chisholm