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Robert Smeaton White (March 15, 1856 – December 5, 1944) was a Canadian journalist and political figure. He represented Cardwell from 1888 to 1895, Mount Royal from 1925 to 1935 and Saint-Antoine—Westmount from 1935 to 1940 as a Conservative member.[1][2]

Robert Smeaton White
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Cardwell
In office
Preceded byThomas White
Succeeded byWilliam Stubbs
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Mount Royal
In office
Preceded byDistrict was created in 1924
Succeeded byWilliam Allen Walsh
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Saint-Antoine—Westmount
In office
Preceded byDistrict was created in 1933
Succeeded byDouglas Abbott
Personal details
Born(1856-03-15)March 15, 1856
Peterborough, Canada West
DiedDecember 5, 1944(1944-12-05) (aged 88)
Westmount, Quebec
Political partyConservative

He was born in Peterborough, Canada West in 1856,[1] the son of Thomas White and Esther Vine,[3] and studied at McGill University. In 1882, he married Ruth McDougall. He worked for a wholesale merchant at Montreal and then the Bank of Montreal, before joining the Montreal Gazette in 1884. White later became chief editor for the paper. In 1888, he married Annie Barclay after the death of his first wife.[4] He was first elected to the House of Commons in an 1888 by-election held in Cardwell after the death of his father. In 1896, he was appointed customs collector at Montreal. White ran unsuccessfully as a member of the National Government Party in Saint-Antoine—Westmount in 1940.[1] He died in Westmount at the age of 88.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Robert Smeaton White – Parliament of Canada biography
  2. ^ "Robert Smeaton White, 88, Dies; Veteran Journalist, Legislator". The Gazette. Montreal. December 6, 1944. p. 1. Retrieved April 1, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada.
  4. ^ The Canadian parliamentary companion, 1889 JA Gemmill