Biography of Philip H. White
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

Philip H. White is one of the successful business men of Wellsville, where he is engaged in the general hardware business. He was born at Zanesville, Ohio, June 10, 1854, and is the son of Henry and Mary (Isleib) White.

Henry White was a native of Westphalia, Germany, where he learned the trade of blacksmith, which he followed after settling at Paterson, N. J. After his marriage there he removed to Zanesville, Ohio, and in 1873 went to Edgar County, Ill., where he farmed until his death, Feb. 1, 1892. He was a Mason and belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. His wife, also a native of Germany, died in November, 1882. They are buried in Illinois. To Mr. and Mrs. White were born four children: Philip H., the subject of this sketch; Henry, deceased; Charles, lives on the old homestead in Illinois; and George W., lives at Wellsville.

Philip H. White was educated in the schools of Zanesville and learned the trade of tinner and coppersmith in the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad shops. He was 18 years old when he came to Wellsville and entered the shops of the Cleveland and Pittsburgh Railroad, where he was employed 10 years, leaving in 1882, in order to engage in business for himself. He first opened a tin shop in the west end of WellsvilIe and the venture proved successful from the start. From time to time the business was expanded until it has become one of the leading houses in its line in Columbiana County. Since 1897 Mr. White has been a director of the Perpetual Savings & Loan Company.

On Dec. 28, 1876, Mr. White was married to Miss Margaret D. Smith, who was born in Yellow Creek Township, Columbiana County, Aug. 25, 1857, the daughter of William and Isabel Smith, the former a native of Scotland and the latter of Columbiana County. There were four children in the Smith family: John S., Duncan W., and William L., all deceased; and Mrs. White. To Mr. and Mrs. White were born two children: George F., born in June, 1881, lives in Cleveland, where he is connected with the Pennsylvania Railway Company; and Mary S., born in January, 1888, lives at home. A grandson, Philip D. White was born in January, 1904. He is a student at Western Reserve university, Cleveland.

Politically Mr. White is identified with the Republican party, and he has served as a member of the school board for a number of years. He holds membership in the Second Presbyterian church and belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is an energetic and capable business man and an excellent citizen of Columbiana County.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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