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Cecil Fielding White (December 12, 1900 – March 29, 1992) was an American farmer and politician. The Democrat White served as the United States Representative for California's 9th congressional district for one term, from 1949 to 1951.[1] White was a cotton broker and owned his own ranch before getting into politics at the age of 47, and defeating seven-term incumbent Republican Bertrand W. Gearhart.[2]

Cecil F. White
Cecil F. White (California Congressman).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 9th district
In office
January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1951
Preceded byBertrand W. Gearhart
Succeeded byAllan O. Hunter
Personal details
Born(1900-12-12)December 12, 1900
Temple, Texas
DiedMarch 29, 1992(1992-03-29) (aged 91)
San Francisco, California
Political partyDemocratic


White was born in Temple, Texas on December 12, 1900. His family moved to Fort Smith, Arkansas, where White grew up and went through the city's public schooling system.[3] At the age of sixteen, he joined the Arkansas Army National Guard and served on the border with Mexico during the Pancho Villa Expedition. During World War I, White fought in France as a sergeant in the 142nd Field Artillery Regiment,[3] After the war, White worked in the Los Angeles office of a cotton broker and later worked with cotton mills in Arkansas, California and Tennessee.[3] After going back to California, he became the owner and operator of his own ranch, under his name in Devils Den, California.[3]


As a 47-year-old cotton rancher, White ran for the United States House of Representatives seat in California's 9th congressional district. He faced seven-term Republican incumbent Bertrand W. Gearhart in the election. Gearhart had faced one Democratic challenger in his six previous re-election bids. White defeated Gearhart after capturing a 51.3% majority with a margin of victory of more than 6,000 votes.[4] White was challenged in 1950 by Republican Allan O. Hunter. Hunter defeated White, 52.0% to 48%.[5] After leaving Congress White returned to his cotton growing business.

White again ran for a seat in the House of Representatives in 1966, this time as the Republican nominee for California's 16th congressional district.[6] Democratic incumbent Bernice F. Sisk defeated White in a lopsided 71.3%–28.6% election.[6]

White remained a resident of San Francisco, California until his death on March 29, 1992.[3] His remains were cremated.[7]


  1. ^ Lawrence Kestenbaum. "Cecil Fielding White Information". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2007-01-01.
  2. ^ "Face of the Victor". Time Magazine. November 15, 1948. Retrieved 2007-01-01.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Cecil Fielding White Profile". United States Congress. Retrieved 2007-01-01.
  4. ^ John L. Moore, ed. (1994). Congressional Quarterly's Guide to U.S. Elections (3rd ed.). Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly. p. 1543. ISBN 0-87187-996-4. pg. 1209
  5. ^ Moore (1994), pg. 1214
  6. ^ a b Moore (1994), pg. 1254
  7. ^ "Cecil F. White, 91, Former Fresno-Area Congressman". Fresno Bee. Fresno, CA. March 31, 1992.

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