Phineas White

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Phineas White
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Vermont's 2nd congressional district
In office
March 4, 1821 – March 3, 1823
Preceded by Mark Richards
Succeeded by William Czar Bradley
Member of the Vermont House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1770-10-30)October 30, 1770
South Hadley, Massachusetts
Died July 6, 1847(1847-07-06) (aged 76)
Putney, Vermont
Political party Democratic-Republican
Profession law, congressman

Phineas White (October 30, 1770 – July 6, 1847) was an American lawyer and politician. He served as United States Representative from Vermont.


White was born in South Hadley, Massachusetts to Deacon Enoch White and Esther Stevens.[1] He graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire in 1797.

He studied law with Charles Marsh of Woodstock, Vermont and Judge Samuel Porter of Dummerston, Vermont. He was admitted to the bar in 1800 and commenced practice in Pomfret. White married Elizabeth Stevens on July 5, 1801.[2]

He was Register of Probate for Windsor County from 1800 to 1809, postmaster of Putney from 1802 to 1809 and county attorney in 1813. White served as judge of Windham County in 1814, 1815 and 1817, and was chief judge from 1818 to 1820. White was probate judge of the Westminster district from 1814 to 1815.[3]

White was a member of the state constitutional convention in 1814 and served in the Vermont House of Representatives from 1815 to 1820. He was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Seventeenth Congress, and served from March 4, 1821 to March 3, 1823.[4][5] White was again a member of the state constitutional convention in 1836 and also served in the Vermont Senate in 1836 and 1837.

White served as a trustee of Middlebury College, President of the Vermont Bible Society, and President of the Vermont Colonization Society. He belonged to the Masonic Order and was Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Vermont.[6]


White died on July 6, 1847 in Putney, Vermont and was buried in Maple Grove Cemetery.[7]


  1. ^ Kellogg, Allyn Stanley (1860). Memorials of Elder John White, One of the First Settlers of Hartford, Conn., and of His Descendants (. p. 111. 
  2. ^ "Hon. Phineas White". Retrieved October 30, 2012. 
  3. ^ "WHITE, Phineas, (1770 - 1847)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 
  4. ^ "General Election Results U.S. Representatives" (PDF). Office of the Vermont Secretary of State. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Rep. Phineas White". Retrieved October 30, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Hon. Phineas White". Retrieved October 30, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Phineas White". Find A Grave. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William Strong
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Vermont's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
William C. Bradley