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William White Biography

from Kentucky – A History of the State by W. H. Perrin – 1888

Jefferson County, Kentucky

William White, grand secretary of I.O.O.F., is a native of Fredericksburg, Virginia, and was born July 5, 1816. He is a son of Daniel B. and Elizabeth (Foster) White, natives of Virginia, and of Scotch and Irish ancestry. His father came to Louisville about 1829, and was a carpenter by trade. The subject, William White, was brought up and educated principally in Louisville. His education was liberal and obtained through his own exertions. When the war broke out between the United States and Mexico, he joined the Louisville Legion (First Kentucky Regiment), Colonel Stephen Ormsby. He was made second lieutenant, and promoted to first lieutenant before his term expired. After his return to Louisville, he engaged in mercantile business for a short time. He was elected grand secretary of the Grand Lodge of I.O.O.F. in 1863, and has held the position ever since. He also holds several other important positions in the Odd Fellows’ fraternity. He was married in 1841 to Miss Phoebe Downing. She died in 1852, and he afterward married Miss Sarah E. Robinson, a native of Nicholasville, Kentucky, February, 1855; she died in February, 1882.

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