Hon. Truman Clark White
H. T C W,
Supreme Court Justice, is the son of the late Daniel Delevan White
and Alma Wilber, and was born in Perrysburg, N. Y., April 30, 1840.
He is a lineal descendant of Elder John White, who came from England
and settled in Cambridge, Mass., in 1632, and was a member of Thomas
Hooker’s congregation. His maternal ancestor, George Wilber, located
near Danby, Vt., early in the eighteenth century. His grandparents,
Truman White and Stephen Wilber, settled in Erie county in 1810.
Judge White received his preliminary
education in the public and “select” schools and taught school two
winters at Langford, Erie county. During a part of the years 1859
and 1860 he also attended Springville Academy. In September, 1861,
he enlisted as a private in Company D, 10th N. Y. Vol. Cav., was
promoted to quartermaster-sergeant of his company August 5, 1862,
and first or orderly sergeant March 4, 1863; in January, 1864, he
re-enlisted, and on February 9th of the same year, was commissioned
first lieutenant. He was mustered out at Syracuse, N. Y., after
a faithful and meritorious service of nearly four years, in July,
1865. While in the army Judge White improved his leisure in reading
Blackstone, Kent, and other elementary works on law, and after spending
a few months in the Pennsylvania oil regions 
on his discharge from the service, began, in January, 1866, the
study of law in the office of Judge Stephen Lockwood, in Buffalo.
Soon afterward he became a law student and managing clerk in the
office of Edward Stevens, and in November, 1867, he was admitted
to the bar. He then opened an office for the practice of his profession
in Buffalo, but had scarcely settled himself before he formed a
copartnership with Mr. Stevens which continued until the latter’s
death in August, 1868. Afterward he was associated with George Wadsworth,
Nelson K. Hopkins, and Seward A. Simons.
In politics Judge White has always
been a staunch Republican. In 1885 he was nominated for the office
of Judge of the Superior Court of Buffalo, and although he received
the support of men of both parties he failed of election by fifty-seven
votes in a total of 33,000. He was renominated in 1891 and elected
by a majority of over 400. With one exception Judge White was the
only candidate on the Republican city ticket elected that year,
a Democratic mayor having been elected by over 4,500 majority, and
all the other candidates on the Democratic ticket by large majorities.
He served as judge of the Superior Court of Buffalo until January
1, 1896, when, under the new State constitution, the Superior Court
was abolished, and he, with the other judges of Superior city courts,
took his seat on the bench of the Supreme Court. As a lawyer and
jurist Judge White has achieved eminence and is highly respected
for his ability, honesty, and integrity, and his knowledge of the
law. He was married on the 10th of February, 1869, to Miss Emma
Kate Haskins, daughter of the late Roswell W. Haskins, of Buffalo.