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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Edwin Harrison White

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 361-362 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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One who has been particularly active in the upbuilding and interests of Dolgeville, New York, where he still makes his home, is the subject of this sketch, Edwin Harrison White. His birth occurred in Utica, New York, on May 5, 1861, his parents being Nathan Curtis and Delia W. (Dana) White. Nathan Curtis White was born in Winsted, Connecticut, in September, 1822, and died in Florida, in February, 1900, while spending the winter there. He was a practicing attorney in Utica, New York. His wife, Delia W. (Dana) White, was born in Utica, on December 9, 1832, and died in Englewood, New Jersey, in 1882. Nathan Curtis White was the son of Elijah Brainard and Eliza White. Elijah Brainard White was born in Connecticut and died there. His wife was born in Connecticut and died in Canastota, New York. Delia (Dana) White, mother of Edwin Harrison White, was the daughter of James and Harriet (Dwight) Dana.

Edwin Harrison White began work in the Canastota National Bank in Canastota, at the age of fourteen and was there five years, after which he served with the Oneida County Bank at Utica, New York, for seven years. He then went with the Daniel Green Felt Shoe Company in New York city, where he was located until 1894, after which he came to Dolgeville, with the same firm, as secretary, treasurer and superintendent and remained in this capacity until 1915, when he retired from active business.

On April 5, 1879, at Canastota, Mr. White was united in marriage to Miss Mary Lee Mott. She was born on August 19, 1861, and is the daughter of George C. and Amanda (Thompson) Mott. George C. Mott was born in Sangerfield, New York, on June 7, 1827, and died in 1883 at Utica, New York. He was a lumber and coal dealer at Canastota. His wife, Amanda (Thompson) White, was born on February 22, 1834, and died on January 27, 1903. Mr. and Mrs. White had one child, Harry Earl White, who was born in Canastota, on January 5, 1881, and died at Dolgeville, on November 25, 1898.

Edwin Harrison White is a director and vice president of the First National Bank of Dolgeville. He was a member of the board of trustees of the village of Dolgeville for sixteen years and also served for eighteen years as a justice of the peace and has two more years before his present term expires. For eight years Mr. White was a member of the school board of Dolgeville, and a member of the Cemetery board of the same village for twenty years. He was chairman of the Fourth Liberty Loan committee, and is a member and past master of Dolgeville Lodge, No. 796, A. F. & A. M., and also of Oriental Chapter, No. 305, R. A. M. His political affiliations are with the republican party. Mr. White has a winter home at Osprey, Florida.

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