| James H. White |

Born on February 15, 1847, in Portsmouth, Virginia. White’s father was a well-known merchant in that area. He enlisted in the Confederate Army at the age of fifteen and attended Virginia Collegiate Institute. He married Barbara Dupper in the present day of Las Cruces, New Mexico. White also worked for Mexican President Porfirio Diaz as chief of artillery. ⁣

White returned to El Paso in 1880. Positions held were El Paso Sheriff, Chief El Paso Police Dept. & Tax Collector. White ran for El Paso Mayor as a Republican and lost to fellow mason, Charles R. Morehead (Democrat). ⁣

In masonry, he belonged to El Paso Lodge # 130 A.F. & A.M. and El Paso York Rite. He is buried in Concordia Masonic cemetery owned by #130.

Image Description: Black and white image shows a portrait of James White from his torso up. White wears a dark suit, a white shirt underneath and a barely visible tie that is tucked inside his coat. He looks directly into the camera and has a dark mustache that covers his lips. White appears to also have dark short hair just above his ears.

Uploaded on 11.05.2020 by Alonso Wells IV

Central / Old Ft. Bliss, (1870 - 1879), Cultural Heritage

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