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S. Harrison White, Colorado Congressman.

Sebastian Harrison White (December 24, 1864 – December 21, 1945) was a U.S. Representative from Colorado and a Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court.

Born on a farm near Maries County, Missouri, White attended the rural schools in Dallas County and the Marionville (Missouri) Collegiate Institute (later the Ozark Wesleyan College at Carthage, Missouri). He taught school for several years.

White was elected president of the Hickory County Teachers Institute in 1886.

White was elected superintendent of schools of Hickory County in 1887. While a teacher studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1889 and commenced practice in Pueblo, Colorado. He served as delegate to the Democratic State convention in 1892. He served as chairman of the Pueblo County Democratic central committee in 1892. He served as city attorney of Pueblo 1897-1899. Public trustee of Pueblo County 1900-1903 and 1905-1909. He served as district attorney of the tenth judicial district 1904-1908.

White was elected justice of the State supreme court in 1908 for a term of ten years 1909-1919, and served as chief justice from 1917 until 1918, when he retired. He engaged in the practice of law in Denver, Colorado, in 1919.

White was elected as a Democrat to the Seventieth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of William N. Vaile and served from November 15, 1927, to March 3, 1929. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1928 to the Seventy-first Congress. He resumed the practice of law in Denver, Colorado. He died in a hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado, December 21, 1945. He remains were cremated in Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Colorado, and the ashes scattered over the cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "S. Harrison White (id: W000393)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William Vaile
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
William R. Eaton