George Henry White
born in a log cabin, located at the confluence ofRichland BranchandSlap Swampin Bladen County, North Carolina, near the line of Columbus County, remote from cities and towns. His maternal grandmother was half-Indian and his paternal grandmother was Irish, full blood. His other admixture is facetiously described asmostly Negro.His early boyhood was a struggle for bread and a very little butter, his schooling being necessarily neglected. He usually attended two or three months in the year, Later. by dint and toil, and saving a few dollars, he was able to secure training under Prof. D. P. Allen, President of the Whitten Normal School at Lumberton, N. C., and afterwards entered Howard University at Washington, graduating from the eclectic department in 1877. Believing that he could best serve his race and himself as an advocate of justice, he read law while taking the academic course, completing his reading under Judge William J. Clarke, at North Carolina, and was licensed to practice in all courts of that State by the Supreme Court in 1879. Although Mr. White has won marked success In several walks of life, as lawyer teacher and business man, it is his political achievements that have won for him not only a national reputation, but have evoked no small degree of comment from the press and diplomats of many of the countries of the old world. It is worthy of remark that up to this time, at the age of forty-nine, he has never held an appointive office, his commissions coming invariably from the hands of the sovereign people direct. He was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives in 1880, and to the State Senate In 1884; was elected solicitor and prosecuting attorney for the second judicial district of North Carolina for four years. In 1886, and for a like term in 1890.