Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/White, William Allen
WHITE, WILLIAM ALLEN, an American journalist, born in Emporia, Kan., in 1868. He was educated at the University of Kansas. In 1895 he became proprietor and editor of the Emporia “Daily and Weekly Gazette.” He was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, vice-president of the American Short Ballot Association, and a trustee of the College of Emporia. A Republican in politics, he was one of the chief supporters of ex-president Roosevelt in the formation of the Progressive party, becoming a member of its National Committee and the chairman of its publicity committee. During the World War he went, in 1917, to France as an observer for the American Red Cross. In 1919 he was appointed an American delegate to the Russian Conference at Prinkipo. Besides contributing frequently to magazines and newspapers, he wrote “The Real Issue and Other Stories” (1896); “The Court of Boyville” (1899); “Stratagems and Spoils” (1901); “In Our Town” (1906); “A Certain Rich Man” (1909); “The Old Order Changeth” (1910); “God's Puppets” (1916); “In the Heart of a Fool” (1918); “The Martial Adventures of Henry and Me” (1918).