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John White (Liberal MP)

John White
Source: Library and Archives Canada

John White (June 8, 1811 – May 3, 1897) was an Ontario lumber merchant and political figure. He represented Halton in the Canadian House of Commons as a Liberal member from 1867 to 1874.[1]

Born in Omagh, County Tyrone, Ireland, in 1811,[1] White came to Canada with his family in 1823 and was educated in Toronto. He served on the council for the Gore District and then on the council for Halton County. White was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for Halton in 1851 then again in 1858 and served until Confederation.[2] White was known as a horse breeder, and several horses owned by White and his brother James won the Queen's Plate, including the first running of this event.[3] He also served as captain in the local militia.[2]

White was married twice: to Mehitabel Post in 1836 and to Louisa Knight in 1846.[3] He died in Milton at the age of 85.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Political Biography from the Library of Parliament
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Canadian parliamentary companion, HJ Morgan (1869)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Halton Images
  4. Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada. 

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