George White
52nd Governor of Ohio
In office
January 12, 1931 – January 14, 1935
LieutenantWilliam G. Pickrel
Charles W. Sawyer
Preceded byMyers Y. Cooper
Succeeded byMartin L. Davey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 15th district
In office
March 4, 1911 – March 3, 1915
Preceded byJames Joyce
Succeeded byWilliam C. Mooney
In office
March 4, 1917 – March 3, 1919
Preceded byWilliam C. Mooney
Succeeded byC. Ellis Moore
Personal details
Born(1872-08-21)August 21, 1872
Elmira, New York, U.S.
DiedDecember 15, 1953(1953-12-15) (aged 81)
West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseCharlotte McKelvy
EducationPrinceton College

George White (August 21, 1872 – December 15, 1953) was an American Democratic Party politician who served as the 52nd governor of Ohio.

Early life and education

George White was born on August 21, 1872, in Elmira, New York. He was the son of Charles W. and Mary S. (Back) White. He attended Princeton College in Princeton, New Jersey.


After mining in the Klondike, Yukon, he settled in Marietta, Ohio, to drill for oil.

After serving in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1905 to 1908, White was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1910, serving from 1911 to 1915. White lost a re-election bid in 1914, but won election again in 1916 – though he then lost again in 1918. White served as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1920 to 1921.

He then returned to politics again in 1930, serving two two-year terms as governor from 1931 to 1935. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the U.S. Senate in 1934.[1] In 1940, White ran again for the Democratic nomination for governor but lost to Martin L. Davey.

In 1936, White was influential in securing the agreement of sculptor Gutzon Borglum to create the National Start Westward Memorial of The United States,, which was completed in 1938.[2]

Personal life

He married Charlotte McKelvy of Titusville, Pennsylvania, on September 25, 1900,[3] and had five children.[4]

He died at West Palm Beach, Florida, December 15, 1953, and is buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in Marietta.

See also


  1. ^ "Our Campaigns - Candidate - George White".
  2. ^ "The Memorial". Start Westward Memorial Society. Retrieved November 12, 2022.
  3. ^ Powell, Thomas Edward, ed. (1913). The Democratic party of the state of Ohio: a comprehensive history. Vol. 2. The Ohio Publishing Company. pp. 443, 444.
  4. ^ Galbreath, Charles Burleigh (1925). History of Ohio. Vol. IV. Chicago: The American Historical Society. p. 47. ISBN 978-0-7812-5367-3.