Biography of George F. White
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD
OF SARATOGA COUNTY, NEW YORK
PREPARED AND PUBLISHED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE SARATOGIAN
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1899

T-Saratoga Springs, New York Directories, 1888-92

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White, George F., was born in New York city, August 17, 1814, and came to Saratoga Springs in 1826. Here he learned the printer's trade and made it his life occupation. He was foreman in the printing office of Gideon M. Davison for many years, and after the death of Mr. Davison continued as foreman of the office with his son, John M. Davison, until his death, at which time the office was closed. In 1838 Mr. White married Esther Ann Bailey, who died June 10, 1854, leaving three children: George Henry, William Kelly and Mary Frances. William Kelly White was a prominent lawyer of Davenport, Iowa. He married Nellie Barger of Pennsylvania; they had one daughter, Mary, now the wife of Walter Palmer of Ottawa, Ill. William K. White died in 1892. Esther Ann Bailey was a daughter of Ethan Allen Bailey, a descendant of the Ethan Allen family. George Henry White is a lawyer in Grand Rapids, Mich., and Mary F. White is now the wife of J. S. Altman, of Davenport, Iowa. On July 28, 1856, George F. White married Margaret, daughter of George and Elizabeth (House) Lighthall of Montgomery county. Mrs. White's great-grandfather fought in the Indian wars and was taken prisoner by the Indians and held for several years. George F. White is one of the oldest residents of Saratoga Springs, where he has lived for seventy.two years, and his entire life has been characterized by honesty and the highest integrity. His genial mind and generous heart have won for him universal esteem, and the faithful discharge of his duties in business and private life led his fellow citizens to confer some honors on him and to extend others which were not accepted. He always took a lively interest in educational and public affairs and was for many years elected and re-elected to the board of village trustees, besides serving on the board of education, of which he was president for a year. His parents were William K. and Susan (Shaw) White. Mr. White's father was born in Belfast, Ireland, and educated in Trinity College for the sea, and was captain of his own vessel at twenty-one years of age. He was in the war of 1812 and was bringing three prize vessels into Boston harbor when he was captured and taken to England, where he was held in Dartmouth prison for eighteen months. George F. White had three brothers and one sister. His twin-brother, William S. White, was a prominent tanner in New Jersey. He died in 1889. His brother, Isaac K. White, is a resident of California. His sister, Mrs. S. M. Albright, died at Washington, D.C., in January, 1890. His youngest brother, John K., died in New Jersey in 1851.


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