September 4: Albert Smith White (1864)

Albert S. White served in the U.S. Senate from Indiana and was one of the earliest members of Congress to be associated with the new Epiphany congregation. White was born in Orange County, New York into a family that valued education. His father was a graduate of Columbia College (NY) and served as a judge on the Common Pleas Court. The younger White graduated from Union College with the highest honors and then studied law. He removed to Indiana, eventually settling in Lafayette, which became his home for the rest of his life. Election to the U.S. House of Representatives on the Whig ticket brought White to Washington in 1837. After serving one term, he was elected to the U.S. Senate and served one term (1839-1845).

While in Washington, White married a local girl, Harriet Wilson Randolph. The couple’s first two children were baptized at Epiphany – Randolph in 1843 and Albert, Jr. in 1844. On both entries in the parish register is the note, “sign of cross omitted at request of father.” After White’s Senate term was complete, he returned to Indiana to practice law and also served as president of several railroads. White was once again elected to the U.S. House and served for one term during the Civil War. He was a member of the Select Committee on Emancipation. Later, he was made a judge on the U.S. District Court for Indiana, a position in which he served for the remainder of his life. Following his death, White was buried in Greenbush Cemetery in Lafayette. On his tree trunk looking stone grave marker are the following words, “In all relations of life, admirable; as a friend, sincere; as a citizen, public spirited; as a lawyer, honest; as a legislator, wise; as a judge, without reproach.”

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