WHITE, Edward Douglass (1845-1921)
Senate Years of Service: 1891-1894

WHITE, EDWARD DOUGLASS, (son of Edward Douglass White [1795-1847] and grandson of James White), a Senator from Louisiana; born near Thibodaux, Lafourche Parish, La., November 3, 1845; attended Mount St. Mary's College, near Emmitsburg, Md., the Jesuit College in New Orleans, La., and Georgetown College, Washington, D.C.; served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; studied law; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in New Orleans, La., in 1868; member, State senate 1874; associate justice of the supreme court of Louisiana 1879-1880; resumed the practice of law; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1891, until his resignation, effective March 12, 1894; chairman, Committee to Audit and Control the Contingent Expenses (Fifty-third Congress); appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States by President Grover Cleveland in 1894; appointed Chief Justice of the United States in 1910, and served until his death in Washington, D.C., May 19, 1921; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Justice White's papers were destroyed on his instructions according to Library of Congress, Manuscript Division



Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
Papers: Correspondence in Felix Frankfurter papers, 1900-1965, available on 209 microfilm reels. Permission required for access.

Louisiana State University
Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections
Baton Rouge, LA
Papers: Research material in John B. Fournet papers, 1844-1970.

Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Eugene P. Watson Memorial Library
Natchitoches, LA
Papers: Biographical information, clippings and program for dedication of memorial statue in Melrose collection, 1700s-1948.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: Correspondence in James Rockwell Sheffield papers, 1768-1969.

  • Cassidy, Lewis C. "Life of Edward Douglass White: Soldier, Statesman, Jurist, 1845-1921.'' Ph.D. dissertation, Georgetown University, 1923.
  • Highsaw, Robert B. Edward Douglass White: Defender of the Conservative Faith. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1981.
  • Klinkhamer, Marie Carolyn. Edward Douglass White. Washington: Catholic University of America Press, 1943.
  • Mele, Joseph C. "Edward Douglass White's Influence on the Louisiana Anti-Lottery Movement.'' Southern Speech Journal 28 (Fall 1962): 36-43.
  • Miller, William Timothy. "Edward Douglass White: A Study in Constitutional History.'' Ph.D. dissertation, Ohio State University, 1933.
  • Ramke, Diedrich. "Edward Douglass White--Statesman and Jurist.'' Ph.D. dissertation, Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, 1940.
  • U.S. Supreme Court. Proceedings of the Bar and Officers of the Supreme Court of the United States in Memory of Edward Douglass White, December 17, 1921. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1921.