William White (judge)
|Ohio Supreme Court Justice|
February 10, 1864 – March 12, 1883
|Preceded by||Hocking H. Hunter|
|Succeeded by||William H. Upson|
|Born||January 28, 1822|
|Died||March 12, 1883 (aged 61)|
|Resting place||Ferncliff Cemetery, Springfield, Ohio|
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William White was born in England. His parents died, and he was brought to Springfield, Ohio in 1831 by an uncle. At age 12 he was apprenticed to a cabinetmaker for nine years. He purchased his contract after six years. After graduating from high school, he taught school, and studied law. In 1846 he was admitted to the bar, and elected Prosecuting Attorney of Clark County, Ohio in 1847, and re-elected three times.
In 1856 White was elected Common Pleas Judge, and re-elected in 1861. When Hocking H. Hunter resigned February 9, 1864 from the Ohio Supreme Court, he was appointed to the seat the next day. He won election to the remainder of the term in 1864, and won re-election to five year terms in 1868, 1873 and 1878. In 1883, President Arthur appointed White to judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. He was confirmed by the United States Senate, but died before resigning and taking the oath of office. He died March 12, 1883 at Springfield. Funeral services were at his home and later at the Second Presbyterian Church, where he was a member. He was buried in Ferncliff Cemetery.
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