Edward Douglass White, Sr., 10th Governor of Louisiana

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Edward Douglass White, Sr.

Birthplace: Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Death: April 18, 1847 (52)
New Orleans, LA, United States (Long Illness, Lung Failure)
Place of Burial: Thibodaux, Louisiana, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Dr. James White, Jr. and Mary White
Husband of Catherine Sidney Lee Brousseau
Father of Susan Philomene White; Eliza Lee White; Edward Douglass White, U.S. Senator, 9th Chief Justice of the United States; James White and Mary Sidney White

Occupation: 10th Governor of LouisianaNew Orleans City Court Judge; sugar planter; U.S. Representative, Congressman for two years before retirement (championed construction of the U.S. Mint in New Orleans); returned to sugar plantation in 1843
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About Edward Douglass White, Sr., 10th Governor of Louisiana

Edward Douglass White's governorship came in the middle of Whig dominance of the office. The sugar planters of the more populous Acadian parishes supported the pro-tariff Whigs and Alexander Porter led the state Whig Party. Democratic Party enemies of White accused him of being Porter's puppet.

White had been a Congressman, respected by both parties, before he ran for governor and he returned to Washington after his term.

The economic depression caused by the Panic of 1837 marred White's four years as Chief Executive. The Panic developed when the under-capitalized and over-expanded banks began foreclosing mortgages on plantations and businesses throughout Louisiana.

White signed the charter creating the Medical College of Louisiana in 1837 which was the forerunner of Tulane University. His son, Edward Douglas White, later served as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.


Edward Douglass White, Sr. (March 3, 1795 – April 18, 1847) was the tenth Governor of Louisiana and a member of the United States House of Representatives. He served five nonconsecutive terms in Congress as an adherent of Henry Clay of Kentucky and the Whig Party.

White was born in Maury County, Tennessee, the illegitimate son of James White. (Although his parents apparently never married, his father acknowledged him, and the circumstances of his birth did not impede his education or future success.) While a young boy, he moved to Louisiana with his father.

In 1815, he graduated from the former University of Nashville, afterward beginning a law practice in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, the seat of Ascension Parish south of Baton Rouge.

He was appointed by Governor Henry S. Johnson, also of Donaldsonville, as an Associate Judge of the New Orleans Municipal Court in 1825.

Elected to the 21st United States Congress, White served three terms from 1829 until his resignation in 1834. He then served a single term as governor (1835–1839) and was elected to Congress again and served two more terms from 1839 until 1843. He died in New Orleans and was buried at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Thibodaux, Louisiana.

White's son Edward Douglass White, Jr., would become a United States senator from Louisiana and an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, later appointed Chief Justice by U.S. President William Howard Taft. White's father, James White, was a delegate to the Continental Congress.


WHITE, EDWARD DOUGLASS, (son of James White and father of Edward Douglass White [1845-1921]), a Representative from Louisiana; born in Nashville, Tenn., in March 1795; moved with his father to what is now St. Martin Parish, La., in 1799; attended the common schools, and was graduated from the University of Nashville, Tennessee, in 1815; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Donaldsonville, La.; was appointed judge of the city court of New Orleans and moved there in 1825; elected to the Twenty-first, Twenty-second, and Twenty-third Congresses and served from March 4, 1829, to November 15, 1834, when he resigned; Governor of Louisiana from 1834 to 1838; moved to Thibodaux; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1839-March 3, 1843); resumed the practice of his profession; also engaged as a planter; died in New Orleans, La., April 18, 1847; interment in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Thibodaux, La.

US Congressman, Louisiana Governor. Elected to represent Louisiana's 1st District in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1829 to 1834, and 1839 to 1843. Served as Governor of Louisiana from 1835 to 1839.* Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy: Sep 22 2022, 7:49:49 UTC

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Edward Douglass White, Sr., 10th Governor of Louisiana's Timeline

March 3, 1795
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
April 27, 1838
Lafourche, LA, United States
June 1841
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
August 11, 1842
Lafourche, LA, United States
November 3, 1845
Thibodaux, Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, USA
November 28, 1846
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
April 18, 1847
Age 52
New Orleans, LA, United States
- 1815
University of Nashville, Nashville, Tennessee, United States
St, Joseph Cemetery, Thibodaux, Louisiana, United States