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Alexander Colwell White

Alexander Colwell White was born near Kittanning, Armstrong County, PA, December 12, 1833.  He was a farmer, a rafter for the lumber trade, and a teacher in the public schools.  He graduated from Dayton University in 1859, and came to Punxsutawney in 1860 to take charge of the public schools in that community.  In 1861, he enlisted with the "three months men" and served in Company I, Eighth Regiment, PA Volunteers, in Col. McKnight's company.  He studied law with the Hon. Phineas W. Jenks, and in 1862 was admitted to practice law.  In 1863, he joined with Capt. John Hastings of Punxsutawney, and their office was known as Hastings and White.  On May 25, 1864, he married Ellen M. Murray.  They were the parents of two children, John Murray White and Nellie March White.  Mr. White was elected as District Attorney for Jefferson County in 1867, and in 1868, the family moved to Brookville.  In 1884, he won the election to office for the 25th Congressional District, composed of counties of Armstrong, Indiana, Clarion Jefferson and Forest.  Mrs. Ellen White died July 21, 1892, and was buried in the Brookville Cemetery, Brookville, PA. Alexander Colwell White, passed away on June 13, 1906, and was buried beside her.

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