Sebastian Harrison WHITE, Congress, CO (1864-1945)


WHITE, Sebastian Harrison, a Representative from Colorado; born on a farm near Maries County, Mo., December 24, 1864; attended the rural schools in Dallas County and the Marionville (Mo.) Collegiate Institute (later the Ozark Wesleyan College at Carthage, Mo.); taught school for several years; elected president of the Hickory County Teachers Institute in 1886; elected superintendent of schools of Hickory County in 1887; while a teacher studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1889 and commenced practice in Pueblo, Colo.; delegate to the Democratic State convention in 1892; chairman of the Pueblo County Democratic central committee in 1892; served as city attorney of Pueblo 1897-1899; public trustee of Pueblo County 1900-1903 and 1905-1909; district attorney of the tenth judicial district 1904-1908; elected justice of the State supreme court in 1908 for a term of ten years 1909-1919, and served as chief justice from 1917 until 1918, when he retired; engaged in the practice of law in Denver, Colo., in 1919; elected as a Democrat to the Seventieth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of William N. Vaile and served from November 15, 1927, to March 3, 1929; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1928 to the Seventy-first Congress; resumed the practice of law in Denver, Colo.; died in a hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo., December 21, 1945; remains were cremated in Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Colo., and the ashes scattered over the cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present