City Readers Digital Historic Collections at the New York Society Library
Alexander White (1738 - 9/19/1804)
Borrowing activity from 7/29/1789 to 8/7/1789.
Alexander White (1738 – September 19, 1804) was a distinguished early American lawyer and politician in the present-day U.S. states of Virginia and West Virginia.
White served as an elected member of the House of Burgesses, representing Hampshire County, and as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing Berkeley and Frederick counties. During the American Revolutionary War, he facilitated the release of Quaker and Hessian civilian prisoners held by patriots. In 1788, White participated in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, in which Virginia ratified the United States Constitution. He later served as the inaugural member to represent Virginia's 1st congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1789 to 1793. White was appointed by United States President George Washington to serve as a commissioner on a board responsible for the planning and construction of Washington, D.C.; White served on the board from 1795 to 1802.
White was the son of Virginia pioneer settler and physician Dr. Robert White (1688–1752); thus, he was a member of the prominent White political family of Virginia and West Virginia. He was the uncle of Virginia judge Robert White (1759–1831), the uncle of United States House Representative Francis White (1761–1826), and the brother-in-law of Virginia Governor James Wood (1741–1813).