George White (Ohio politician)

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George White
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52nd Governor of Ohio
In office
January 12, 1931 January 14, 1935
Lieutenant William G. Pickrel
Charles W. Sawyer
Preceded by Myers Y. Cooper
Succeeded by Martin L. Davey
Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives
from Ohio's 15th district
In office
March 4, 1911 March 3, 1915
Preceded by James Joyce
Succeeded by William C. Mooney
In office
March 4, 1917 March 3, 1919
Preceded by William C. Mooney
Succeeded by C. Ellis Moore
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1872-08-21)August 21, 1872
Elmira, New York, U.S.
DiedDecember 15, 1953(1953-12-15) (aged 81)
West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.
Resting placeOak Grove Cemetery, Marietta, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s)Charlotte McKelvy
Alma mater Princeton College

George White (August 21, 1872 – December 15, 1953) was an American politician who served as the 52nd Governor of Ohio.


Early life and education

George White was born on August 21, 1872 in Elmira, New York. He was the son of Charles W. and Mary S. (Back) White. He attended Princeton College in Princeton, New Jersey.


After mining in the Klondike, Yukon, he settled in Marietta, Ohio to drill for oil.

After serving in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1905 to 1908, White was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1910, serving from 1911 to 1915. White lost a re-election bid in 1914, but won election again in 1916 though he then lost again in 1918. White served as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1920 to 1921.

He then returned to politics again in 1930, serving two two-year terms as governor from 1931 to 1935. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the U.S. Senate in 1934. [1] In 1940, White ran again for the Democratic nomination for governor but lost to Martin L. Davey.

Personal life

He married Charlotte McKelvy of Titusville, Pennsylvania on September 25, 1900, [2] and had five children. [3]

He died at West Palm Beach, Florida, December 15, 1953, and is buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in Marietta.

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  2. Powell, Thomas Edward, ed. (1913). The Democratic party of the state of Ohio: a comprehensive history. 2. The Ohio Publishing Company. pp. 443, 444.
  3. Galbreath, Charles Burleigh (1925). History of Ohio. IV. Chicago: The American Historical Society. p. 47. ISBN   978-0-7812-5367-3.