Biography of R. L. White
Potter County, PA Biographies

R. L. WHITE, merchant, Roulette, son of David and Martha J. White, was born in Leroy township, Bradford Co., Penn., in 1840. About 1853 his parents removed to Sweden township, Potter Co., Penn., and purchased a tract of over 200 acres of land; this was cleared, and they became prominent citizens of that township. Their family consisted of eleven children, viz.: Franklin, who died at the age of fourteen years; Rodney L.; Adeline (deceased) who married Charles Wygant, of Cherry Flats, Tioga county; Frederick D.; Delivan (deceased), a former resident of Bradford, Penn.; Warren; William; Martha (Mrs. C. Chase); Franklin 2d; Milton and Mary (twins, Mary died when seven years old, and Milton is now on the old homestead). Six of this family are living. Hon. R. L. White received his education in the common schools and the academy of Potter county, and in. 1866 married Fronia E., daughter of H. L. Bird, of Sweden township. After his marriage he located on a farm in Sweden township, where he lived until 1874, when he removed to Roulette, and embarked in the mercantile business. Mr. White is a member of Eulalia Lodge, No. 342, F. & A. M., of Coudersport Chapter, No. 263, R. A. M., and of Roulette Lodge, No. 322, I. O. O. F. He cast his political fortunes with the Republican party, and was elected county commissioner, serving one term. In 1867 he was reelected, and served a second term. In the fall of 1879 he was elected a member of the legislature, and served during the winter of 1880-81. He has always been identified with local matters, and has filled a prominent place in the locality he has chosen for his residence. His purse and influence are always extended in furthering any proposition looking to the advancement of local interests, and he is liberal in his charities and a friend to the needy. His children are Mabel, Elmer B. and Harry D.


From:
History of the Counties of
McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania
J. H. Beers & Co. Publishers
Chicago, Ill. 1890


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