Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens
Lawrence County Pennsylvania 1897


[p. 162] head bookkeeper in the office of the Shenango Valley Steel & Iron Co. of New Castle, was born in November, 1838, in Windham, O. Our subject is a son, of Dr. Newell and Mrs. C. N. (Porter) White, both of whom were natives of Massachusetts, the former of Plainfield, and the latter of Worthington.

Dr. Newell White has for nearly half a century been practicing medicine in the city of New Castle, but is now retired from active work, and is almost the only one left of a long list of physicians, who practiced in New Castle and its vicinity in the forties and fifties. His parents were direct descendants of the Pilgrim Fathers, who laid the foundations of the New England States. He was born in Plainfield, Mass., Nov. 30, 1807, and after becoming proficient in the studies taught in the district schools at that time, taught school for a number of years, in which line of work he met with gratifying success. However, preferring the profession of medicine to that of any other vocation, he directed his studies in that direction so assiduously that he was enabled to graduate from Berkshire Medical College in 1831. In 1834, shortly after his marriage, he located in Windham, Ohio, where he remained until 1840, when he relinquished his practice at Windham and moved to Warren, Ohio, where he remained for a period of five years. Subsequently, he returned to Windham, and in 1850 came to New Castle, Pa., where he has labored with an eminent degree of success, and it is with pride and full satisfaction that he recounts the last forty-seven years spent as a resident of New Castle, engaged in the practice of the only philosophical system of medicine. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Medical Society. Dr. White is a gentleman of a very evenly balanced disposition, conservative by nature, especially in the acceptance of new theories and doctrines, but the most genial and good-hearted man that it is ever one's occasion to run across. He is one of the oldest and most respected members of the First Presbyterian Church of New Castle. Chester L. White commenced his education in the city schools of New Castle and was advanced through Iberia College of Iberia, Ohio. Shortly after having completed the education thus outlined, the Civil War happened to break out, and in response to the call for troops for three months' service, our subject enlisted for that period in April, 1861. After his term of enlistment had expired, he enlisted in the 2nd Reg. Ohio Vol. Cav., in which he received the commission of lieutenant. After three years' service he resigned on account of ill health and after his return from the front he secured a position in the accounting department of the Pennsylvania R. R., and later entered the employ of Indianapolis & St. Louis R. R. at Indianapolis, Ind., and still later entered the employ of the Missouri Pacific R. R. at St. Louis, at which latter place he remained until 1880. In that year, he returned to New Castle, and accepted a position with the New Castle Wire Co., remaining with that corporation until 1892, when he undertook to fulfill the duties of his present position as head bookkeeper of the Shenango Valley Steel & Wire Co. In 1897, Mr. White married Miss Sarah D. Forrest of New Castle, Pa.

Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens Lawrence County Pennsylvania
Biographical Publishing Company, Buffalo, N.Y., 1897

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