White, Horace (b Buffalo, 7 Oct 1865; d New York City, 26 Nov 1943). Lawyer, businessman, and governor.
Horace White was a nephew of Andrew Dickson White, first president of Cornell University. He moved with his family to Syracuse, where he attended public schools and later practiced law. He entered politics with a successful run for a state senate seat in 1896. White remained in the senate until 1908, when he was nominated to run for lieutenant governor on the Republican ticket. He was elected and became governor for 86 days in 1910–11 when Charles Evans Hughes resigned to join the US Supreme Court. However, White was not picked to run again because of his involvement in a scandal over the illegal sale of a Syracuse insurance company. When his term expired he returned to Syracuse to practice law. He was named president of the Syracuse Post-Standard Co in January 1942.
Branche, Lewis. Governors of New York (Watertown: Watertown Daily Times, 1958)
Peter Eisenstadt, ed., The Encyclopedia of New York State
(Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2005), [p. 1698].
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