William M. White


WILLIAM M. WHITE, superintendent of the public schools of Mt. Pleasant, Ohio, was born February 21, 1836, in Jefferson county. He is the son of John and Lydia (Phipps) White, the former of whom is a native of Pennsylvania, the latter of Ohio. Both are living, at the ages respectively of eighty-two and seventy-two. Ten children were born to them: William M., Almon G., who married Alvira Bear and has two children living: Addison, who married Marcia Ricks, and has the following children: William, Julia, Kyle and Libbie; Alonzo, deceased; Caroline E., wife of Alexander Richards and the mother of three children: Anna, wife of Ellis Dalrymple, and the mother of eight children: Mary, John and Clara, deceased; and Emma, wife of Charles Harris, by whom she has five children. Clara the daughter of Caroline, is the wife of Harry Bonage. William M. White was occupied in early life in his father's tannery, attending school in the winter. At the age of eighteen years he began teaching, and in two years was able to earn enough to enable him to attend the Normal school at Hopedale one year and graduate. Subsequently going to Iowa, he was elected superintendent of Story county the first year he was there. After holding that office over a year, he resigned and joined a surveying party on the CHicago & Northwestern railroad, with whom he remained one winter. He then returned to Ohio and has since been engaged in teaching, in Smithfield two years and at Mt. Pleasant twenty successive years. He and his brother Addison taught together in the public schools of Mt. Pleasant for a term of eighteen years, as associate principals, neither outranking the other, each, one-half the time in the grammar department and one-half in the high school, dividing equally the labor and remuneration. Prof. White is regarded as one of the leading educators of southeast Ohio, and noted as a good disciplinarian and for thoroughness of work. He and his brother have graduated over 100 pupils in the Mt. Pleasant school who are generally a credit to that institution. Mr. White was married August 15, 1864 to Julia, daughter of Richard L. Ricks, elsewhere mentioned, and they have one child: Philip R. Prof. White has served as county examiner for seven years. In politics he is a republican, and in his church relations is a Disciple. Mrs. White is a member of the Society of Friends.

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