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466   MEN OP C%A_iA1JA.

JOHN WHITE, ex-mayor and
merchant, Woodstock, Ont.,
was born March 4th, 1,940, at
Peebles, near Edinburgh, Scotland.
His education was commenced at Edin-
burgh and finished at Woodstock,
Canada, whither his parents came in
1554. He entered the dry goods bnsi-
ness when very young, remaining with
his first employer one year and a half.
He then entered the establishment of
his brother David, who was a dry goods
merchant at Ingersoll at that time.
He continued here about one year and
a half, when in 1860, at the early age
of nineteen, he commenced business for

himself at Woodstock, the firm being G. &- J. White. After three years his brother retired front the firm, and the subject of our sketch carried on the business alone under the style of John White & Co. Mr. AN%hite commenced business witll great energy and in a large ~vay, and by strict attention to it has been enabled to keep abreast of the dry goods business itt Wood-stock and the West. He first visited the European markets in iS62, and has been a direct importer ever since, having crossed the Atlantic over fifty times. His marked success is the result of a thorough know-ledge of his business, gained by long experience, close attention to the details of buying and selling, and a remarkable adaptation for meeting the public. Mr. White has alwa3-s taken an active interest in all that pertains to the welfare of

Woodstock. He was president of the Board of Trade for a ntuntber of years, a member of the Town Council for some time, and was mayor in i88S. He has been one of the directors of the Oxford Permanent Loan and Savings Company since its organization. He is a member of Knox Presbyterian Church, and for some years was a trustee, and is chairman of the building committee of the new church. In politics he is Reform, but is ail advocate of Imperial Federation, and is a member of the Imperial Federation League in Canada. Mr. AA'hite was married on the 22nd of August, 1865, to Jane MacAN'hirter, of Birkenhead, Eng.


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