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William John White (October 7, 1850 – February 16, 1923) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

William John White
William J. White.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 20th district
In office
March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1895
Preceded byVincent A. Taylor
Succeeded byClifton B. Beach
Personal details
Born(1850-10-07)October 7, 1850
Rice Lake, Ontario, Canada
DiedFebruary 16, 1923(1923-02-16) (aged 72)
Cleveland, Ohio
Resting placeLake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyRepublican

Born at Rice Lake, Ontario, Canada, White moved to the United States in 1857 with his parents, who settled in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended the district schools. He entered business as a candy maker in 1869, and later began the manufacture of chewing gum. He served as mayor of West Cleveland in 1889.

Ellen Maria White, wife of William

His wife, Ellen Maria Mansfield, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and was the daughter of Orange and Marietta Mansfield. They had several children. and were later divorced.

White was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-third Congress (March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1895). He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1894. He was first president of the American Chicle Co. and later president of the W.J. White Chicle Co.. He died in Cleveland, Ohio, on February 16, 1923. He was interred in Lake View Cemetery.



  • United States Congress. "William J. White (id: W000398)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Vincent A. Taylor
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 20th congressional district

Succeeded by
Clifton B. Beach