Portrait and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois,Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States.
(Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), p. 195.
Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.

JOHN CONANT WHITE, deceased, was born in Forestville, Wake County, N. C., May 21, 1846, and was a son of John B. and Mary (Merriam) White. His parents were both natives of New Hampshire. His father was a well-educated man and became President of a college in Forestville, N. C. During the boyhood of our subject the family emigrated Westward and in 1855 became residents of Illinois. The father had charge of Almira College at Greenville, Ill.

Our subject was a good student, having inherited many of the literary tendencies of his father. He attended the model department of the State University at Urbana in 1863 for one year, and the following year entered the preparatory department of Chicago University, and in the fall of 1865 entered Shurtleff College, at Upper Alton. At the end of his junior year he became a student in Brown University, Providence, R. I., from which institution he was graduated in 1869. He then began the study of law in St. Louis with Judge Samuel Reber, after which he came to Effingham and read law with J. N. Gwin. In 1872 he was admitted to the Bar, after which he formed a partnership with E. N. Rinehart and began to practice law. This connection continued until August, 1873, when he formed a partnership with Judge S.F. Gilmore. He continued his residence in Effingham and became a successful legal practitioner. At the time of his death he was in partnership with W. B. Wright. Mr. White was a thorough student of his profession, was an earnest and able advocate, and won his way to a foremost position at the Effingham County Bar.

On the 25th of August, 1875, in Seymour, Ind., Mr. White was united in marriage with Miss Nellie J. Bliss, daughter of Alfred and Direxia Bliss. The lady is a native of this State and was educated in Almira College. By the union of Mr. and Mrs. White were born five children, three of whom are still living. Bliss C., Annie Lucile and John B. Mary J., their eldest child, died at the age of five months; and Nellie Knowles, the third child, died at the age of nine years.

In his political affiliations he was a Republican until 1888, when he joined the ranks of the Democracy. He always took an active part in public affairs and manifested a commendable interest in. all that pertained to the welfare of the community. He served as a member of the School Board for a number of years and the cause of education found in him a warm friend. He was a successful lawyer and an accomplished gentleman, and in this community was recognized as a prominent and valued citizen.

Mr. White was a prominent member of the Masonic order, having attained the degree of Royal Arch Mason. He was Master of Effingham Lodge No. 149, A. F. & A. M., for three years, and served as Deputy District Grand Master for two years, having been appointed by the Grand Master of Illinois.

He passed away on the 12th of December, 1888, and his death was deeply mourned by many friends, for he had the respect and confidence of all with whom he was brought in contact. His wife is still living in Effingham, where she has many warm friends and acquaintances.

 

Portrait and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois, Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), p. 363. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.

 

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