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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography - Edward H. White

SOURCE: "History of Champaign County, Illinois with Illustrations," 1878


EDWARD H. WHITE. The subject of the following brief biography was born in Bucks county, Pennsylvania. The father of Mr. White was of English and Irish descent, and the mother of English. To them were born three children, of which Edwin H. is the eldest. The father is still living on the old homestead in Pennsylvania. He married Sarah BREWER of Philo on the 14th of May, 1868. She died January 14th, 1878, leaving one child. The parents of this sketch were engaged in farming and lumber business. Edward H. left home at the breaking out of the war, and enlisted in Battery " D," Capt. Durell commanding. He remained in the service three years, and participated in numerous battles and engagements. After he left the service, he removed to Vermilion county, Illinois, in 1865, and engaged in sheep-raising and farming. In 1868 he went to Williamsport, Indiana, and clerked in a dry goods store, and remained so employed until he came to Philo in 1868. In 1869 he went to Douglass county, and farmed until 1871; then came back to Philo, and purchased eighty acres near the village, and continued farming until 1875, when he engaged in the grocery and drug business, and has continued in it up to the present. He belongs, as did his parents before him, to the Friends or Quaker denomination. He is Republican in politics, and cast his first vote for Lincoln. In early life he enjoyed the advantages of a good common-school education, and in addition attended a course at the Normal School in Milton, Bucks county.

Mr. White is one of the leading business men in his, village. He is an active, energetic man. His life so far has been a success. He is temperate, honest and upright, and in all his dealing with his friends and neighbors is recognized as an honorable man, striving to do equal and exact justice to all. What he has accumulated has been by slow and persistent toil, and by living a life of frugality. It is with pleasure that we present to the citizens of' Philo this brief biographical sketch of Edward Hicks White.

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