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Horace Keep White

Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Cortland, NY, USA
Death: March 23, 1915 (79)
Onondaga, NY, USA (edema of the lungs)
Place of Burial: Onondaga, NY, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Horace White and Clara White
Husband of Marion Hollister White
Father of Ernest I White; Horace White and Andrew Strong White
Brother of Andrew Dickson White, 1st President of Cornell University

Managed by: Douglas Arthur Kellner
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About Horace Keep White


Syracuse, New York The Herald newspaper Tuesday evening, March 23, 1915 Page 3, Column 2


Father of Former Governor Victim of Oedema of the Lungs. LOVER OF FINE HORSES One Time President of Geddes Coarse Salt Company - Noted for His Many Gifts to Charity - Esteemed by Men in His Employ.

Horace K. White, for more than half a century, one of the most prominent figures in the life of Syracuse, died to-day shortly before 2 o'clock. Mr. White had been critically ill only a short time. He was able to take his daily drive about the streets up to about a fortnight ago, when he took to his bed at his home, No. 831 James street, under the care of physicians and nurses. Yesterday a sudden turn for the worse came and last evening all the members of his family now now in Syracuse were summoned to his bedside. It was thought at one time that Mr. White would not live through the night, but this morning he was reported a trifle stronger. His physician, Dr. E. J. Wynkoop, said about noon that he looked for no immediate change. Death came at 2:05 o'clock. Horace Keep White was the son of Horace White and Clara Dickson. He was associated with his father, Horace White, in the management of the Onondaga County bank which was formed and carried on by Horace and his brother, Hamilton White.

Head of Salt Company.

After the bank went out of existence, Mr. White devoted himself to his private interests, taking an active part in the development of the salt industry and was for years president of the Geddes Coarse Salt company. Mr. White was married to Marion Strong of Buffalo in 1864 and had three sons, Horace, former governor of New York State, Andrew Strong and Ernest Ingersoll White. He was a man of many ideas, one of the most liberal givers to the various charities in the city, extremely fond of good horses and yet preferring to live a quiet and retired life, remaining alone with his servants in his big house after the death of his wife and the marriage of his sons. One trait he had which stood out prominently and that was his faculty for endearing those who were in his employ to him. As an example of this, Owen Sullivan, called by everyone "Boney," who drove for him, remained in his service for more than forty years. After his death, a brother John J. replaced him and acted as Mr. White's valet until the time of his death remaining in his employ about forty-three years. Helen Sullivan of the same name, but not the same family, was cook in the family for thirty-nine years. Mr. White remained true to his love for horses in the face of all opposition and when all his friends and family were driving about in automobiles, he still kept to his little carriage in which he took his afternoon airing. Only on rare occasions would he permit his son, Horace, to persuade hiim to go out in his limousine.

Regular Contributor.

Mr. White was one of the most regular and generous contributors to local charities in the city. He sent checks regularly to the Onondaga Orphans' home, of which he was a trustee, to St. Joseph's hospital, to St. Paul's church, to the Hospital of the Good Shepher and many other charities. No subscription list was ever opened for the relief of unusual suffering that did not find Mr. White's name on it for a generous amount. He was born in Homer on November 24, 1835, and received his education in the schools of this city. Horace K. and Andrew D. were the only children of their parents and in the later years of Horace's life after most of his contemporaries had passed away, the two brothers became very close to one another and spent much time together. Mr. White's wife died about forty years ago, and her sister, Mrs. Mary Strong Abbott of New York, has spent much time in this city as the guest of her brother-in-law and his sons. Mr. White was a member of the Century club, the Citizens club, the Onondaga Historical association and the Onondaga Golf and Country club.

Preferred to Be Onlooker.

Of a singularly gentle and retiring disposition he took little part in public affairs, preferring to be an onlooker. He looked after all the property held jointly by himself and his brother, Andrew D., including the White Memorial building, the Empire hotel, and the Greyhound building. Besides his three sons and his brother Mr. White is survived by three grandchildren, Jane, Marion and Kate White, daughters of E. I. White. Andrew D. White arrived from his home in Ithaca in time to see his brother before he died.


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Horace Keep White's Timeline

November 24, 1835
Cortland, NY, USA
October 7, 1865
Age 29
Buffalo, NY, USA
Age 29
February 7, 1867
Age 31
New York, NY, USA
March 23, 1915
Age 79
Onondaga, NY, USA
Onondaga, NY, USA