Source: Our County and Its People
Source type: book
Document type: article
Document title: “Hon. Truman Clark White”
Editor(s): White, Truman C.
Volume number: 2
Publisher: Boston History Company
Place of publication: none given
Year of publication: 1898
Pagination: 41-42 (part II)
|“Hon. Truman Clark White.” Our County and Its People. Ed. Truman C. White. Vol. 2. [n.p.]: Boston History, 1898: part II, pp. 41-42.|
|Truman C. White.|
|Roswell W. Haskins; Thomas Hooker; Nelson K. Hopkins; Stephen Lockwood; Seward A. Simons; Edward Stevens; George Wadsworth; Alma Wilber White; Daniel Delevan White; Emma Haskins White; John White; Truman White (grandfather); Truman C. White; George Wilber; Stephen Wilber.|
|From title page: Our County and Its People: A Descriptive Work on Erie County, New York.|
Hon. Truman Clark White
CLARK WHITE, 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.