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Edward Douglass White. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-94150).


White, Edward Douglass (03 November 1845–19 May 1921), chief justice and associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. senator, was born in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, the son of Edward Douglass White, a Louisiana lawyer, congressman, governor, and sugar planter, who died shortly after White’s birth, and Catherine Sidney Lee Ringgold. White was initially schooled on his family’s plantation and then at a series of Jesuit institutions—the Preparatory School of the Immaculate Conception in New Orleans, Mount Saint Mary’s College in Maryland, and Georgetown College (now Georgetown University), which he entered in 1858....