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George W. White

Birthplace: Atlanta, Fulton, GA
Death: (Date and location unknown)
Immediate Family:

Husband of Madeline Harrison and Madeline White
Father of Helen Martin; Walter Francis White; Madeline White; George White; Alice White Glenn and 8 others

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About George W. White


Walter White was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on July 1, 1893. He was one of the seven children (he had five sisters and one brother) of George White, a Post Office employee, and his wife Madeline Harrison White. He completed high school in 1912 and entered Atlanta University, from which he graduated in 1916. While an undergraduate he had a variety of part-time jobs and was at one time a hotel porter. He later became an insurance salesman for the black-owned, Atlanta-based Standard Life Insurance Company. After graduation, White became a full-time clerk with that company. White was an active and energetic member of the Atlanta branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (N.A.A.C.P.), which he served as secretary. Through his work for that organization he became acquainted with James Weldon Johnson, then Field Secretary and National Organizer for the Association. It was on Johnson's recommendation and at his urging that White consented to become one of the Associate Secretaries of the N.A.A.C.P. He served in this capacity from 1918 to 1929. White married one of the Association's office secretaries, Leah Gladys Powell, in 1922. During the twenties White became famous for his first-hand investigations of lynching, which he conducted by posing as a white man. He also published two novels, Fire in the Flint (1924) and Flight (1926), and an exposé of lynching, Rope and Faggot, A Biography of Judge Lynch (1928). Source: Repository:

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library P. O. Box 208240 New Haven, CT 06520-8240 Email: Phone: (203) 432-2972 Fax: (203) 432-4047

Call Number: JWJ MSS 38 Creator: White, Walter Francis, 1893-1955. Title: Walter Francis White and Poppy Cannon papers Dates: circa 1910-1956 Physical Description: 20.85 linear feet (44 boxes, including 4 oversize boxes) Summary: The Walter White and Poppy Cannon Papers document the careers and lives of Walter White and Poppy Cannon and span the dates 1910 to 1956. The Papers contain correspondence, writings, other papers, and photographs documenting Walter White's career as the Secretary for the N.A.A.C.P. and as a writer. Poppy Cannon's career as an editor, writer, and publicity consultant is also documented in the Papers.

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1910 United States Federal Census about George W White

Name: George W White Age in 1910: 54 Birth Year: 1856 Birthplace: Georgia Home in 1910: Atlanta Ward 6, Fulton, Georgia Race: Mulatto Gender: Male Relation to Head of House:

Head: [Self (Head)] Marital Status: Married Spouse's Name: Madeline White

Father's Birthplace: Georgia Mother's Birthplace: Georgia Household Members:

Age: George W White: 54 Madeline White: 44 Annie N White Ollie M White: 20 Walter F White: 16 Ruby H White: 13 Helen E White: 11 Madeline White: 9

Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Atlanta Ward 6, Fulton, Georgia; Roll: T624_192; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 0085; Image: 608; FHL microfilm: 1374205.

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George W. White's Timeline

February 1857
Atlanta, Fulton, GA
July 1883
Age 26
Atlanta, Fulton, GA, USA
May 1887
Age 30
Atlanta, Fulton, GA, USA
Age 31
Georgia, United States
July 1, 1893
Age 36
Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia
January 1897
Age 39
Atlanta, Fulton, GA, USA
March 1899
Age 42
Atlanta, Fulton, GA, USA
Age 43
Atlanta, Fulton, GA, USA