Leonard Dupee White (January 17, 1891 in Acton, Massachusetts – February 23, 1958 in Chicago, Illinois) was an American historian who specialized in public administration in the United States.[1] His technique was to study administration in the context of grouped U.S. presidential terms. A founder of the field, White worked at the University of Chicago after service in the administrations of Franklin D. Roosevelt.


White was born in Massachusetts to John Sidney White and Bertha H. (Dupee) White. He received his bachelor's degree from Dartmouth in 1914, followed by his master's in 1915, after which he taught there for a few years. He received his doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1921.

In 1934 he went to Washington to serve on the U.S. Civil Service Commission and Central Statistics Board. He died in Chicago in 1958.

The last of White's four historical books subtitled A Study in Administrative History was The Republican Era: 1869–1901. It was published by Macmillan in 1958, the year of his death, "with the assistance of Jean Schneider". Next year White posthumously and Schneider shared the 1959 Pulitzer Prize for History.[2]

He was the founding editor-in-chief of the American Society for Public Administration's Public Administration Review between 1940–1943.[3]



See also


  1. ^ Shafritz, Jay M. (2004) "White, Leonard D." The Dictionary of Public Policy and Administration Westview Press, Boulder, Colorado, ISBN 978-0-8133-4260-3
  2. ^ a b "History". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2013-11-25.
  3. ^ Weber, Jeffrey A. (1996). "Leonard Dupee White and public administration". Journal of Management History. 2 (2): 44. doi:10.1108/13552529610106860. ISSN 1355-252X.
  4. ^ "Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award"
  5. ^ "The origin of utility commissions in Massachusetts". Library of Congress Catalog Record. Retrieved 2013-11-25.
  6. ^ White, Leonard Dupee (1925-01-01). Conditions of municipal employment in Chicago: A study in morale. Press of J.F. Higgins.
  7. ^ White, Leonard Dupee (1926-01-01). Introduction to the Study of Public Administration. Macmillan.
  8. ^ Gaus, John Merriman; White, Leonard Dupee; Dimock, Marshall Edward (1936-01-01). The Frontiers of Public Administration. University of Chicago Press.
  9. ^ White, Leonard Dupee (1942-01-01). Defense and war administration, 1939–1942. The Macmillan Company.
  10. ^ White, Leonard Dupee (1948-01-01). The Federalists: a study in administrative history. Macmillan Co.
  11. ^ White, Leonard Dupee (1951-01-01). The Jeffersonians: A Study in Administrative History, 1801–1829. Free Press.
  12. ^ White, Leonard Dupee (1954-01-01). The Jacksonians: A Study in Administrative History, 1829–1861. Macmillan.
  13. ^ White, Leonard Dupee (1958-01-01). The Republican Era: 1869–1901 ; a Study in Administrative History. MacMillan.
  14. ^ www.citizenship-aei.org