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WHITE, SAMUEL ADDISON (?–1869). Samuel Addison White, soldier and legislator, emigrated from Tennessee with his family in 1830 and settled on the Navidad River in what is now Jackson County, Texas. While working as overseer on the plantation of Edwin Waller of Brazoria, he read law with William H. and John A. Wharton. White fought in the battle of Velasco in 1832 and served as a captain in the Texas army in 1835 and 1836; he also took part in the battle of Plum Creek on August 11, 1840. He represented Jackson County in the House of the First Congress in 1836 and served in the Senate of the Sixth and Tenth legislatures. He was mayor of Victoria in 1863 and continued in that office when no elections were held in 1864. He was appointed district judge in 1865 by the provisional governor of Texas, Andrew Jackson Hamilton. In 1857 White purchased the Victoria Advocate, which he edited until his death at Indianola in 1869. He and his wife, Susan Kilpatrick of Victoria, had one son.


Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832–1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941). Homer S. Thrall, A Pictorial History of Texas (St. Louis: Thompson, 1879).

Martha Beresford

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