Biography of William W. White
Steuben County, NY Biographies





White, William W., was born in the town of Ossian, Livingston county, May 27, 1842. James G. White, his father, was a farmer, and of his family of ten children, William W. was the sixth, He was given an education in the common schools and at fourteen years of age entered Rogersville Seminary, where he took up the study of medicine with some of the most noted physicians of Steuben and Livingston counties. He taught school for nine years in different towns in Livingston and Steuben counties, and was also one year a teacher in Michigan. He also spent some time lumbering on the Allegany River and then started a market in Dansville, Livingston county, which he conducted a year, and then went to Canaseraga where he engaged in the same business. The reason we do not find Mr. White in the medical profession was that at the time of the first diphtheria epidemic he was one of the afflicted ones, and by that prevented from entering Ann Arbor University. About this same time he was married, and the cares of having a family were all he could carry. November, 1870, he moved to Hornellsville and established a sewing machine and organ agency, in which he was engaged for about three years. His first experience in real estate business was in Canaseraga about two years. and he continued it after locating in Hornellsville. About 1878 he was elected constable on the Democratic ticket, and held the office about twelve years. He has been twelve years conducting a real estate business in this city, and in 1887 added insurance and an employment agency to his already extensive business. He has always been a general dealer in all kinds of real estate, especially Southern; has been notary public for about eight years. He is a member of the A. O. U. W., and retired member of other organizations. March 6, 1861, he married Harriet Scherer of Dansville, by whom he had one child, William W. White, jr., now in his twenty first year, a student of Hornellsville Business University. An adopted son, John Acker, in his thirtieth year, an ememployee of the Richardson Shoe factory, was for many years a member of his family He is also an artist of more than usual ability.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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