H. P. White. The work by which Mr. White has chiefly identified himself with Oklahoma has been as a successful lawyer and a live and public spirited citizen of Pawhuska, which has been his home since 1905. He has lived in Oklahoma since 1903. Mr. White is a lawyer who has gained at the same time a substantial stake in business affairs and is also one of the local leaders in the republican party in his part of the state.
An Indiana man, H. P. White was born in Daviess County, March 8, 1871, a son of John A. and Mary (Harris) White. His parents were born in the same county, and his father, who was a farmer, died there in 1905 at the age of fifty-seven. He made a gallant record as a soldier in the Civil war, though he was only a boy at the time. His service was first with the Twenty-fourth Indiana Regiment of Infantry, and he afterwards veteranized and was with the Eightieth Indiana Regiment. Early in his career as a soldier he was severely wounded at Shiloh, where he lost an eye and received a bullet through his lung. Mrs. White died February 11, 1916. Her father, John Harris, also served four years in the Civil war and was a comrade of his son-in-law, John White. Mr. Harris was a sergeant, and did not altogether escape wounds and many hardships during his service. He is now living, past ninety years of age, at Alfordsville, Indiana. Both these old soldiers took much interest in the Grand Army of the Republic, and several times attended the National Encampment. H. P. White was one of a family of seven children, five sons and two daughters, a brief record of them being as follows: W. L., who is in business at Owensville, Indiana; Etalia, wife of Florian Webber of Alfordsville, Indiana; H. P.; Mollie, deceased wife of W. M. Winninger; Charles Otis, who was a farmer in Indiana and is now deceased; Horace, also deceased; and Ray O., a farmer at Alfordsville.
The first twenty-one years of his life Mr. White spent on the farm with his parents in Indiana. Most of his education was paid for by his own efforts and earnings as a teacher. For two years he was a student in the State Normal School at Terre Haute, and for five years was employed as a teacher in the public schools of his home town and county. He employed the intervals of his terms as a teacher in continued study, and following out an early ambition to become a lawyer was graduated from the University of Indiana, LL. P,., in 1900. In that year he was admitted to the Indiana Supreme Court and to the Federal Court, and in 1911 was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.
After three years of experience as a lawyer at Salem, Indiana, Mr. White moved to Oklahoma in 1903, first locating at Hobart, and from there moving to Pawhuska in 1905. He has since looked after a large general practice, and was also one of the organizers and is secretary of the Acacia Oil & Gas Company of Pawhuska. Other interests include the ownership of lands in Osage County.
Ever since coming to Oklahoma Mr. White has been locally influential in the republican party. He was at one time an unsuccessful candidate for the office of district judge. He was a member of the Pawhuska School Board when its first and most important school building was being constructed. His name is found on the rolls of membership in both county and state bar associations.
In 1908 Mr. White married Miss Idona B. Elrod. She was born at Salem, Indiana, in August, 1876. a daughter of A. W. and Lydia L. Elrod. Her father moved to Oklahoma in 1904, locating- at Hobart, where he still resides on his farm. Mrs. White’s mother died about three years ago. To their marriage have been born two children: Ralph Waldo, eight years of age; and Mary Elizabeth, four years old.