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The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/White, Edward Douglass

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WHITE, Edward Douglass, American jurist: b. parish of Lafourche, La., 3 Nov. 1845. He was educated at Mount Saint Mary's College, Maryland, and at the Jesuit College in New Orleans and during the Civil War served in the Confederate army. He subsequently studied law and was admitted to the Louisiana bar. He was State senator in 1874; associate justice of the Supreme Court in Louisiana in 1878, and United States senator in 1889-94. While still a member of the Senate he was appointed an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court, and 12 Dec. 1910 he was created chief justice. His opinions on trust cases and the Sherman law added much to his reputation. He owed his position to his ability, being advanced first by President Cleveland and later by President Taft.