HENRY DRAPER WHITE, M. D.
From no professional man do we expect or exact so many of the cardinal virtues as from the physician. If a clergyman
is austere, we imagine that his mind is absorbed with the contemplation of things beyond our ken. If the lawyer
is brusque and crabbed, it is the mark of genius; but in the physician we expect not only a superior mentality
and comprehensive knowledge but sympathy as wide as the universe. Dr. White in large measure meets all of these
requirements and is regarded by many as an ideal physician. Certainly if patronage is any criterion of ability
he ranks high among the leading medical practitioners of Rome, where he is now enjoying a large practice. His offices
are at No. 121 East Dominick street.
Dr. White is numbered among the native sons of Oneida county, his birth having occurred in Rome on the 2d of October,
1865. His father, Henry Kirke White, who is a direct descendant of the Whites of Mayflower fame, was born in Litchfield,
Herkimer county, New York, and came to Rome in 1846. Here he engaged in the dry goods business under the firm name
of Cady & White, which later became Cady, Howland & White and subsequently was changed to Spencer &
White. After the death of Mr. Spencer he put aside active business cares and has since enjoyed honorable retirement.
His wife, who bore the maiden name of Mary Draper, is a daughter of Virgil Draper, one of the most prominent citizens
of Rome in his day and a descendant of the Draper family of Revolutionary war fame.
Henry D. White acquired his education in the public schools of his native town and was graduated from the Rome
Free Academy in 1886. Later in life he determined to take up a professional career and began the study of medicine
in the College of Physicians and Surgeons at New York city, from which institution he was graduated in 1896. After
spending about a year in the various hospitals of the eastern metropolis he began the practice of medicine in Rome,
which town has since remained the scene of his professional labors. He has been president of the staff of Rome
Hospital and keeps in touch with the onward march of the profession through his .membership in the American Medical
Association, the New York State Medical Society and the Oneida County Medical Society.
On the 16th of November, 1903, Dr. White was married to Miss Adelaide Thompson Williams, a daughter of Dr. Julien
and Julia (Thompson) Williams, of Dunkirk, N. Y. Their union has been blessed with one child, Julia Kirke White.
Dr. White is a worthy exemplar of the Masonic fraternity, belonging to Roman Lodge, No. 223, A. F. & A. M.
He was likewise the first president of the Rome Country Club. He has gained recognition as one of the able and
successful physicians of Rome and by his labors, his high professional attainments and his sterling characteristics
has justified the respect and confidence in which he is held by the medical fraternity and the local public.
White family members in Oneida County
White, De Lancey P.
White, Fortune C.
White, Henry D.
White, Hugh, Hon.
White, Moses T.
White, William M.
White, William P.
Young, William C.
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
Oneida County, NY
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