George White (Ohio politician)

George White
52nd Governor of Ohio
In office
January 12, 1931  January 14, 1935
Lieutenant William G. Pickrel
Charles W. Sawyer
Preceded by Myers Y. Cooper
Succeeded by Martin L. Davey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 15th district
In office
March 4, 1911  March 3, 1915
Preceded by James Joyce
Succeeded by William C. Mooney
In office
March 4, 1917  March 3, 1919
Preceded by William C. Mooney
Succeeded by C. Ellis Moore
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1872-08-21)August 21, 1872
Elmira, New York
Died December 15, 1953(1953-12-15) (aged 81)
West Palm Beach, Florida
Resting place Oak Grove Cemetery, Marietta, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Charlotte McKelvy
Children five
Alma mater Princeton College
Wikimedia Commons has media related to George White (Ohio politician).

George White (August 21, 1872 – December 15, 1953) was the 52nd Governor of Ohio.


Early life

George White was born on August 21, 1872 in Elmira, New York. He was the son of Charles W. and Mary S. (Back) White. He attended Princeton College in Princeton, New Jersey.


After mining in the Klondike, he settled in Marietta, Ohio to drill for oil.

After serving in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1905 to 1908, White was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1910, serving from 1911 to 1915. White lost a re-election bid in 1914, but won election again in 1916  though he then lost again in 1918. White served as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1920 to 1921.

He then returned to politics again in 1930, serving two two-year terms as governor from 1931 to 1935. He was not renominated in 1934 due to intemperate actions against the working classes which included meeting a delegation of workers that wanted to talk to him about how to pay property taxes. In 1940, White ran again for the Democratic nomination for governor but lost to Martin L. Davey.

Personal life

He married Charlotte McKelvy of Titusville, Pennsylvania on September 25, 1900,[1] and had five children.[2]

He died at West Palm Beach, Florida, December 15, 1953, and is buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in Marietta.

See also

Wikisource has original works written by or about:
George White


  1. Powell, Thomas Edward, ed. (1913). The Democratic party of the state of Ohio: a comprehensive history. 2. The Ohio Publishing Company. pp. 443, 444.
  2. Galbreath, Charles Burleigh (1925). History of Ohio. IV. Chicago: The American Historical Society. p. 47. ISBN 978-0-7812-5367-3.
This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 8/1/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.