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Stephen M. White


Picture of Stephen M. White
Library of Congress
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-02-1886 Democratic SD-38 0 Win
09-13-1887 Democratic Lieutenant Governor 0 Win
01-21-1893 Democratic Senate1 0 Win

Candidate Biography:

Stephen Mallory White
Born: January 19, 1853 in San Francisco, CA
Married: Hortense Sacriste (in 1883)
Children: William Stephen, Hortense, Gerald Griffin, and Estelle Marie
Family: Second-cousin of U.S. Senators Stephen Russell Mallory (FL, 1851-60) and Stephen Russell Mallory (FL, 1897-1906)
Died: February 21, 1901 in Los Angeles, CA

Previous: Charter Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
1883-1884: District Attorney, Los Angeles County
1886-1890: President pro Tempore, California State Senate
1887-1891: Acting Lieutenant Governor (following succession of Robert W. Waterman to Governor)
1887-1893: Trustee, State Normal School at Los Angeles
1899-1901: Member, CSU Board of Regents

  • White was the first native Californian to represent California in the U.S. Senate. He grew up in the Pajaro Valley.
  • Following White's death in 1901, State Senator Frederick M. Smith said "In the death of Hon. Stephen M. White, the State of California has truly lost a statesman of high attainments. Los Angeles has lost a fellow-townsman whose experience and great wisdom were ever at the service of her people. The place that he has left will ever remain vacant."
  • Following White's death in 1901, Assemblyman Grove L. Johnson said: "His life and his career furnish to the young men of our State a shining example of whatr they can accomplish, and what they can become if they are but true to themselves, true to their conscience, and true to the duty which devolves upon every citizen of this great commonwealth of the Pacific Coast... During that time I learned not merely to esteem him for his ability, not merely to regard him as a man of high standing and character, but to love him as a friend. Of him I can truly say, and I am speaking now as one who differed from him in political faith, and who had no sympathy with his political ideas and notions, that there never was a man sent from the State of California to represent us in the United States Senate who labored harder and more zealously for the interests of the people condifed in his care, nor one who achieved so much for the State that the resolutions truly say that he honored greatly, than Stephen M. White. "

Source: California's Stately Hall of Fame by Rockwell D. Hunt (1950)
Source: "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present" (U.S. Library of Congress) []