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Title: Frank White

Dates: 1900-1937

Collection Number: 00113

Quantity: 175 items

Abstract: Contains family photos, images of White’s term as Governor with past governors, Valley City, Grand Forks, Bismarck, and Washington, D.C.

Provenance: The donor and date of acquisition of the Frank White Papers by the State Historical Society of North Dakota are unknown. 

Property rights: The State Historical Society of North Dakota owns the property rights to the collection.

Copyrights: Copyrights to this collection remain with the donor, publisher, author, or author's heirs.  Researchers should consult the 1976 Copyright Act, Public Law 94-553, Title 17, U.S. Code and an archivist in this repository if clarification of copyright requirements is needed.

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Citation: Researchers are requested to cite the collection title, collection number, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota in all footnote and bibliographic references.

Related Collections:
MSS 10106 Frank White
00257 Edwin White Photo Collection

Frank White was born on December 12, 1856 in Stillman Valley, Illinois. He received a B.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois in 1880, and in 1904 earned a LL.D. from the same institution. He married Elsie Hadley on September 19, 1894. They had one son, Edwin Lee.

White came to North Dakota in 1882 and farmed land bought from the Northern Pacific Railway near Valley City. In 1890, he was elected to the North Dakota House of Representatives and two years later was elected State Senator. White resigned his State Senate seat and sold his farm at the outbreak of the Spanish-American War.

White was commissioned as Major of the 1st North Dakota Volunteer Infantry Regiment and commanded the troops in the Philippines. He participated in numerous engagements and was decorated with the silver star in 1924. In 1899, he returned to North Dakota and bought a farm near Litchville. White later opened a real estate and insurance office.

Frank White was elected Governor of North Dakota in November 1900 and served two terms from 1901 to 1905. During his administration, the state's deficit of $223,000 was eliminated and a sinking fund was created to pay a bonded debt.

White returned to private life in 1905 and organized the Middlewest Fire Insurance Company.  He served as its president until 1913 when the company moved its headquarters to Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1914, White organized the Middlewest Trust Company of Valley City.  He was president until the outbreak of World War I. White also served as a member of the North Dakota State Board of Regents from 1915 to 1917.

White also served as a colonel during World War I in command of the 2nd North Dakota National Guard Regiment, which later became part of the 41st Infantry Division. He was designated officer in charge of the Army's Department of Rents, Reclamations, and Claims.  He returned to Valley City after the war and continued serving as president of the Middlewest Trust Company.

President Harding appointed White as Treasurer of the United States in 1921.   He retired in 1928 and assumed the presidency of the Southern Mortgage and Guaranty Corporation of Chattanooga, Tennessee for one year.  In 1929, he became president of a new management and investment company, National Assets Corporation.  He retired from active business in 1933.

Besides his business activities, White was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Masons, the Knights Templar, and the Congregational Church at Valley City, North  Dakota.

Frank White died on March 23, 1940.  He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. with full military honors.

The Sunday Star,  March 24, 1940
Bismarck Tribune, March 25, 1940
North  Dakota, Lounsberry, 1917, Vol. 1, pp. 420-422.


00113-0001         Major Frank White
00113-0002         Major Frank White         
00113-0003         Major Frank White         
00113-0004         Major Frank White         
00113-0005         Major Frank White was born in this house 1856/12/1     
00113-0006         Major Frank White         
00113-0007         Major Frank White         
00113-0008         Major Frank White         
00113-0009         Major Frank White         
00113-0010         Clothing Styles  1915
00113-0011         Golf      
00113-0012         Golf      
00113-0013         Clothing Styles  1917
00113-0014         Frank White
00113-0018-02   Christmas           
00113-0021         Mildred Hadley Baker
00113-0022         Armory burning in Valley City (ND)                                          
00113-0023         Middlewest Bank at Valley City (ND) 1919            
00113-0024         Middlewest Bank at Valley City (ND) 1919            
00113-0025         Elevator, Frazier (ND)
00113-0027         Play Days at Valley City (ND)      
00113-0029         State Normal School, Valley City (ND)
00113-0030         State Normal School, Valley City (ND)    
00113-0031         State Normal School, Valley City (ND)
00113-0032         State Normal School, Valley City (ND)    
00113-0033         Edwin White
00113-0034         Edwin White
00113-0035         Theodore Roosevelt
00113-0036         Edwin, Frank, and Richard White 1913   
00113-0037         Sledding in the snow                                                     
00113-0039         Sledding in the snow                                     
00113-0041         Sledding in the snow                                     
00113-0042         Sledding in the snow                                     
00113-0043         Sledding in the snow                                     
00113-0044         Sledding in the snow                                     
00113-0049         Swimsuits                                                           
00113-0050         Swimsuits                                                           
00113-0055         Bicycle                                                 
00113-0056         Clothing Styles  1917
00113-0059         Sailboats                                                             
00113-0060         Sailboats                                                             
00113-0064         Sledding in the snow                                     
00113-0065         Sledding in the snow                                                     
00113-0069         Edwin and Richard White and Margaret Russell
00113-0071         Plays Days at Valley City (ND)
00113-0073         Plays Days at Valley City (ND)
00113-0074         Plays Days at Valley City (ND)
00113-0077         Christmas, Valley City (ND)
00113-0080         Plays Days at Valley City (ND)    
00113-0081         Plays Days at Valley City (ND)    
00113-0082         Sarah Platt Dicher and clothing styles, Valley City (ND) 1900
00113-0083         Northern Pacific Bridge, Bismarck (ND) 
00113-0084         Northern Pacific Bridge, Bismarck (ND)                 
00113-0085       Northern Pacific Bridge, Bismarck (ND) 
00113-0086         Old North Dakota State Capitol  1905-1910, Bismarck (ND)            
00113-0088         Old North Dakota State Capitol  1905-1910, Bismarck (ND)            
00113-0089         Bismarck High School, Bismarck (ND)      
00113-0090         Clothing Styles children's winter coats/ hats       
00113-0091         Northern Pacific Bridge, Bismarck (ND)                 
00113-0092         Northern Pacific Bridge, Bismarck (ND)
00113-0093         Northern Pacific Bridge, Bismarck (ND)
00113-0094         Chautauqua, Valley City (ND)
00113-0095         Governor Frank White, Governor Martin G. Brumbaugh (PA), Governor Louis B. Hanna, and Governor Joseph M. Devine standing next to rail fence
00113-0096         Governor Frank White, Governor Martin G. Brumbaugh (PA), Governor Louis B. Hanna, and Governor Joseph M. Devine standing next to rail fence
00113-0097         Frank White
00113-0098         First Congregational Church, Valley City (ND)     
00113-0101         University of North Dakota, Grand Forks (ND)
00113-0108         Former Governor's Mansion      
00113-0109         Old Capitol, Bismarck (ND)
00113-0110         Old Capitol, Bismarck (ND)
00113-0111         Chautauqua       1914/06/26
00113-0112         Mr. and Mrs. Edwin White wedding photos
00113-0115         Plays Days at Valley City, Valley City (ND)
00113-0116         Plays Days at Valley City, Valley City (ND)
00113-0117         Plays Days at Valley City, Valley City (ND)
00113-0118         W. C. Lyon
00113-0122         Armory burned at Valley City (ND)
00113-0123         Armory burned at Valley City (ND)
00113-0124         Armory burned at Valley City (ND)
00113-0125         Armory burned at Valley City (ND)
00113-0126         Frank White
00113-0127         Edwin White
00113-0128         Oriska School
00113-0131         Radio station, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks (ND)
00113-0133         Campus shots University of North Dakota 1916 
00113-0134         Ski Jump
00113-0135         Grain Elevator, Goodrich (ND)   
00113-0136         First Battalion University of North Dakota, Grand Forks (ND)
00113-0137         First Battalion University of North Dakota, Grand Forks (ND)
00113-0138         First Battalion,  University of North Dakota, Grand Forks (ND)
00113-0140         Annual May Fete, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks (ND) 1917
00113-0141         Ed Brady
00113-0144         Treasury Department, Washington D.C.
00113-0145         Treasury Department, Washington D.C.
00113-0146         Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
00113-0147         Capitol Building, Washington D.C.
00113-0148         Woodrow Wilson
00113-0149         Old Capitol, Bismarck (ND)
00113-0150         Old Main, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks (ND)
00113-0151         Governor Louis B. Hanna in his office
00113-0152         Governor E. Y. Sarles
00113-0153         Governor John Burke
00113-0154         Bishop Vincent Wehrle, Bismarck (ND)
00113-0155         Rev. John Shanley, Bishop of Fargo
00113-0156         E. G. Patterson
00113-0157         Hauling grain
00113-0159         Christmas 1937&
00113-0160         Christmas
00113-0162         Frank White
00113-0163         Frank White
00113-0164         Frank White
00113-0165         Frank White
00113-0166         Frank White
00113-0167         Frank White
00113-0168         Frank White
00113-0169         Frank White playing golf              
00113-0172         David H. Houston, steel plate engraving               
00113-0173         Porter James McCumber, steel plate engraving
00113-0174         W. P. Wacomber etching 1900-1920
00113-0175         W. C. Gilbreath,steel plate engraving
00113-Bk4-          Northern Pacific Depot, Bismarck (ND)
00113-Bk4-0012        Red Cross group, Valley City (ND)
00113-Bk4-p021-01  Old North Dakota State Capitol, Bismarck (ND) 1905-1910
00113-Bk4-p021-03  Old North Dakota State Capitol  1905-1910
00113 - Bk5-p028      Radio Station 9XN University of North Dakota, Grand Forks (ND)

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