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BENJAMIN F. WHITE


The life stories of men like Dr. Benjamin Franklin White of Huntington constitute one of the biggest assets of the race. The true record of the American boy of whatever race struggling up from poverty and obscurity to a place of success and of large usefulness always makes its appeal to other young men who have to travel the same way.

Dr. White's father was Isaac White, a farmer of Orange County, Va., and was the son of Fannie White. Isaac White passed away before his son started to school so that he was deprived of the fatherly assistance and direction which should and does mean so much in the life of a boy. The mother of our subject was before her marriage, Miss Julia Barber. Dr. White was born at Daniels in Orange County, Va., on December 5, 1867, about two years after the close of the war which made possible a very different world from that of slavery into which his father had been born. Growing up in Virginia, he laid the foundation of his education at Daniels. The loss of his father not only necessitated his making his own way to an education, but also placed on his young shoulders the burden of providing for his widowed mother and assisting in the support of the rest of the family. This he saw as his first duty and performed it loyally. He went to work in West Virginia, and was thus twenty years of age before he was able to again take up his studies, which he did at Wayland Seminary where he pursued his literary studies. When ready for his medical course he matriculated at the School of Medicine of Howard University, where he won his M.D. degree in 1902. The following year he completed the course in pharmacy. Thus equipped he began the practice in Montgomery, W. Va., in the summer of 1903, beginning with an indebtedness of $80.00 on account of tuition. We have some measure of his rapid rise in the profession in the fact that in seven years he had cleared seven thousand dollars. He ran drug store six years at Montgomery.

On April 5, 1905, he was married to Miss Eunice B. Brown, daughter of Zachary T. and Eunice Brown of Institute, W. Va. They have one child, Dorothy Irene White, Mrs. White was educated at Institute and is an accomplished teacher.

In 1910, Dr. White moved to Huntington where he has since resided and where he has continued to prosper. Here also he conducts a drug business of his own building which is attractive and valuable property on 8th Ave.

In politics he is a Republican and has been member of the county committee, in religion a Baptist. His secret order affiliations are with the Odd Fellows, the Pythians, Court of Calanthe, Red Men and D. of Pocahontas, Mosaic Templars and Grand Benevolent Association. He has been State Medical Advisor for the Odd Fellows and the Red Men and a member of the local N. A. A. C. P. He belongs to the West Virginia State Medical Society and the National Medical Association.


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