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Ie delivered an address before 'the Mississippi admitted to the bar, and entered upon the practice
Legislature at Jackson in 1859, and one in Austin of his profession. He was married, September 11th
before the Texas Legislature in 1866. His memo- in the same year, to Mrs. Eliza J. Lapsley, daughrial
address, delivered on occasion of the death of ter of Major Daniel McOauly, of Benton county;
General R. E. Lee, and his Centennial address, Alabama. In 1851 he was elected a Representative
1876, have placed him in the foremost line of the in Congress from the Seventh Alabama District.
leading minds of Texas. Morell's "Flowers and In December of the same year his wife died. In
Fruits" says his conversation, addresses and ser- 1856 he remioved to Selma, Alabama, where he conmons
all show that he is a profound scholar, has tinned the practice of law. On December 14, 1855,
always been a student, and is a student still, 'ex- he was married the second time, to Miss Narcissa
hibiting mental discipline of the most rigid kind." S. Rodgers, of Wilcox county, Alabama. In 1860
He is in the zenith of his powers and usefulness. lhe was ain elector on the Douglas ticket for the
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His children are William Carey Crane,Jr., A. M.,
Galveston; Mrs. George T. Bondies, Galveston;
First Lieutenant Charles Judson Crane, A. M.,
U. S. A., Fort Ringgold; Gordon Shepherd Crane,
B. P., railroad agent, Kansas City, Missouri; Balfour
D. Crane, A. B., merchant, Galveston; James
Thomas Crane, B. P., clerk, Independence, Texas;
Royston Campbell Crane, student in Baylor University;
and Hallie Burns Crane, student in Baylor
Female College. One, an infant, Kate Shepherd
Crane, is buried at Hernando, Mississippi.
1-ITE, ALEXANDER, lawyer. Conspicuous
among the pioneers of the Old Dominion
was the family of Alexander White, who
was of Scotch descent, a soldier of the
Revolution, and grandfather of the subject of this
memtnoir. He resided in Jefferson county, Virginia,
where his son, John White, father of the present
Alexander White, was born. John White moved
to Tennessee, and thence to Alabama. He was an
eminent lawyer, and sat upon the bench of the
Circuit and Supreme Courts of Alabama.
Alexander White was born in Franklin, Williamson
coiunty, Tennessee, October 16, 1816. His
minother, whose maiden name was Abigail Dickinson,
was a native of New Hampshire. While he
was quite young his parents removed to Courtland,
Lawrence county, Alabama, where he received his
early training. His education was liberal, and was
acquired at Jackson College and the University of
Nashville, Tennessee. In 1836, when in his senior
year, he relinquished his college studies, and joined
the Highlanders of Nashville, in General Robert
Nrmstrong~s brigade, General Jessup Jackson coimmanding,
in its campaign against the Indians in
the Florida War. That campaign lasted about seven
months, when, in 1837, he located in Talladega,
Alabama, and began reading law. In 1838 he was
During the late Rebellion he espoused the cause
of the South, and entered the Confederate service
in Major Joseph Hardee's battalion of mounted infantry,
and took an active part as a private soldier.
Hs remained in the service about two years, and
was taken prisonlier at the battle of Selma. In 1865
he was a member of the Alabama State Constitutional
Convention. In 1872 hlie was elected on the
iRepublican ticket to a seat in Congress for the
State at large. In 1875 hlie was appointed by President
Grant Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of
Utah. His discharge of the duties of that office
was marked by the ability displayed in his decisions
in cases involving the peculiar institutions of
the Mormon people. Those decisions received a
hearty indorsement in the States, and elicited high
commendation from the public press and eminent
Through life Judge WVhite has been a hard student,
devoting hiimself principally to his profession,
but keeping up with the times in other departments
of thought. In politics he is a Henry Clay Whig.
Though seldom a candidate, hlie has for many years
taken ani active part in every political campaign,
and there are few who have made as many
speeches to the people of Alabama. The aimn of
his life has been to preserve the national Ultion.
His theory is that the experience of all republics,
and of all confederations of free states, proves that
centralization comes throuigh disintegration. That
dissension, strife and civil war come first, and that
in the end an afflicted, exhausted and despairing
people take refuge in despotism to escape anarchy.
In his book of sketches of distinguished men
of Alabama, Mr. Burder says: "Mvlr. White has
long stood in the front rank of his profession." It
is said of him by another high autihority that he
is equally capable before a court or jury. That
"somr of the strongest arguments before the court,
and most powerful appeals to juries we ever heard,
were miade by Mr. White."
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