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Whitestown, Indiana, was named in honor of Albert S. White. Mr. White was the president of the railroad that was built through Whitestown, a United States Senator from Indiana and a leader in the movement to abolish slavery in the United States.
Albert Smith White (1803-1864) was born in Orange County, New York, and graduated from Union College, Schenectady in 1822 where he studied law. After graduating College, he moved to Lafayette, Indiana in 1830 where he spent most of his time in public service. Hewas assistant clerk of the Indiana House of Representatives, and in 1832 he ran unsuccessfully for Congress. In 1836 he was elected as a member of the Whig Party. He served one term before running for and being elected US Senator from the Hoosier state. He did not seek reelection. White served in the national House of Representatives from 1837 to 1839, and in the United States Senate from 1839 to 1845.The former Senator returned to Stockwell, Indiana (near Lafayette) where he continued his law practice and worked as president for several railroad companies. In 1860 he reentered politics, running as the Republican Party candidate for a Congressional seat. He won and served from 1861 to 1863. Later he was named a judge for the U.S. District Court for Indiana. Appointed a federal district judge in 1864, he served only a few months until his death.