Biography of De Lancey P. White
Oneida County, NY Biographies





Among the representatives of a family which has for many years been prominent in central New York is De Lancey Pierrepont White, manager of the Mather estate at Utica. He was born on a farm at Canaseraga, Livingston county, New York, June 12, 1878, a son of William Mansfield and Anna Maria (Pierrepont) White.

De Lancey Pierrepont White received his preliminary education in private schools, Utica Academy and St. Paul's school of Garden City, Long Island. He entered Harvard University and was graduated in 1901 His first work was as civil engineer for the City Street Railway Company of Utica. He next served for two years as secretary of the New York Radiator Company and then for one year was with the Phoenix Iron Works. He went to Buffalo for the Syracuse Stove Works and for a time was engaged in real estate and insurance and continued there until 1909, when he spent one year at Watertown. Since October, 1910, he has had charge of the Mather estate at Utica, consisting of the Arcade building and many other valuable properties in this city.

In May, 1909, Mr. White was happily united in marriage, at Niagara Falls, to Miss Maud Mather, a daughter of Charles W. Mather, and to this union one child has been born, Mary Pierrepont II, whose natal day was May 21, 1910. Mr. White is a young man of fine education and good business judgment, whose life has been controlled by high ideals, seeking not so much the applause of others as the approval of an enlightened conscience. He is a worthy descendant of a noble lineage and in the opinion of his friends will render a good account of his stewardship. He is a member of the Fort Schuyler Club of Utica, the University Club of Buffalo and the Black River Club and the Harvard Club of New York city.

Charles W. Mather, the father of Mrs. White, was for a number of years a prominent citizen of Utica. He was born at Hartford, May 1, 1852, a son of Wesley and Julia Ann (Keyser) Mather. The family is descended from Rev. Richard Mather, who came from England to Boston in 1635. He was the father of Increase Mather, who was a leading divine of early colonial times and president of Harvard University. Wesley Mather was a son of Joshua and Cornelia (Willis) Mather, who were the parents of four children, Lucinda, Wesley, Asaph D. and Joshua, Jr. Asaph D. Mather, uncle of Charles W. Mather, was born in Utica, March 16, 1823, and in March, 1860, associated with his brother Joshua and established the banking house of A. D. Mather & Company in Utica. For thirty three years the senior member of the firm was a prominent factor in business and financial affairs of Oneida county, gaining the reputation of being one of the most energetic and trustworthy men of central New York He was noted as possessing the strictest honor and integrity and was remarkably successful, accumulating a large fortune, which was founded upon early investments in real estate at Utica. In private walks of life he was genial and sociable and to worthy objects of charity his purse was always open. He was never married. He died in April, 1880. Joshua Mather continued in the business of which his brother had been the head. It was incorporated as A. D. Mather & Company's Bank with Joshua Mather as president. He died August 18, 1893. The father of Charles W. Mather died September 15, 1892, his wife having passed away in 1855. He had five children: Albert; Lucinda, who married Joseph D. Monroe; Warren; Sarah J., who became the wife of J. F. Turner; and Charles W.

Charles W. Mather was educated in the public schools and the private school of John Williams. He entered the banking business under his uncles in 1871. In 1880 he was made a partner and in 1890 became vice president of the bank. On the death of his uncle in 1893 he was elected president of the bank, an office which he continued to hold during the remainder of his life. He was also director and treasurer of the Utica Belt Line from the time of its organization in 1886 and managed with marked ability the large interests entrusted to his care. On August 7, 1873, he was married to Miss Ida F. Crane, a daughter of David J. Crane, a member of the editorial staff of the New York Tribune and ten children came to bless this union: Cornelia, Maud, Ida, Kathryn and Richard, who are living; and Julia, Gilliam, Harold, Lindly and Joshua, deceased. Mr. Mather died in November, 1899, and his death was felt as a distinct loss to the entire community. He was a member of various Masonic bodies, including the blue lodge, chapter, commandery and shrine and was also a charter member of the Masonic Club. Mrs. Mather is still living and makes her home at Niagara Falls.


White family members in Oneida County
White Family
White, Canvass
White, De Lancey P.
White, Fortune C.
White, Henry D.
White, Hugh
White, Hugh, Hon.
White, Moses T.
White, Philo
White, William M.
White, William P.
Young, William C.


From:
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1912


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