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Stillman White
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Birth: Feb. 5, 1832
Canton
Norfolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Apr. 3, 1903
Providence
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA

Stillman White, son of James and Aurelia (Howard) White, was born on February 5, 1832, in Canton, Mass. James White was a prominent mill-owner of Canton, and in middle life retired from business. His son attended the public schools of Canton until he reached his sixteenth year. In 1847 he came to Providence, and entered a brass foundry in the city to learn the trade of molder. Finding in this field a life work, he began forthwith to prepare himself to become a leader in it, and for several years, in addition to familiarizing himself with every phase of the trade, studied bookkeeping and business management in evening schools in Providence. In 1856 he launched his first independent venture, beginning castings on a small scale at No. 1 Bark street, Providence. The site of his plant was that of the first manufacturing plant erected in Providence Plantations. The venture proved a success from the very outset, and under the management of Mr. White the business quickly assumed large proportions. One of the principal articles manufactured was the S. White Lining Metal, Mr. White's invention, which has proved one of the best lining metals now in use. The new product found a ready market throughout the country, and was instrumental in popularizing the other articles which Mr. White manufactured. The history of the business was one of continuous success and expansion, and through the long period of his business career Mr. White occupied a position of prominence in manufacturing circles in Providence.

He was also widely known in political life in the city, and was for more than twenty-five years a prominent figure in public affairs. In June, 1866, he was elected a member of the Common Council from the old first ward, and served until June, 1872. In January, 1875, he was again elected to the office, which he filled continuously until 1879. In 1882 he was again returned to office for one term. In 1885 he represented the first ward on the Board of Aldermen, serving until 1887. For seven years Mr. White served as a member of the Rhode Island General Assembly, representing Providence from 1878 to 1883, and again in 1888-89. He figured prominently in the old volunteer fire-fighting organizations of the city until they were disbanded upon the introduction of the present system. In early life he became a member of the Waterwitch Volunteer Fire Company, No. 6. On February 27, 1895, he was elected a member of the Board of Fire Commissioners, and served until March 3, 1902, when ill health made necessary his retirement. To commemorate the incidents of half a century of active participation in the affairs of the department, Mr. White was presented with a sterling silver loving cup, which represented the contributions of every one of its members, and was a token of the appreciation felt for his indefatigable labors to advance the interests of the department. The cup bears the inscription: 'The Providence Fire Department to Stillman White, Fire Commissioner, February 27, 1895, to February 28, 1902.'

Stillman White was widely known in Masonic circles in the State, and had attained to the thirty-third degree in Scottish Rite Masonry. In 1860 he was elected master of Mt. Vernon Lodge, No. 4, and filled the chair two years. In 1876 he became a charter member of Adelphoi Lodge, No. 33, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and was chosen the first Worshipful Master, serving in 1876-77-78. He was a member of St. John's Commandery, No. 1, Knights Templar. In 1892 he was elected to the office of Grand Master of Rhode Island. His clubs were the Pomham and Central.

On January 31, 1861, Mr. White married Lydia Worsley, daughter of John and Lydia (Bunn) Worsley, of Barre, Mass. Mrs. White was an attendant of the Episcopal church, was active in charitable and benevolent work, and for many years was a member of the board of visitors of the Rhode Island Homoepathic Hospital. She died December 17, 1902, aged sixty-nine years. Stillman White passed away in Providence, April 3, 1903. Mr. and Mrs. White were the parents of one daughter, Abby Howard, who became the wife of George H. Holmes, of Providence. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Lydia Jane Worsley White (1833 - 1902)
 
 Children:
  Abbie Howard White Holmes (1861 - 1945)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Swan Point Cemetery
Providence
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA
 
Maintained by: Patrick White
Originally Created by: Superkentman
Record added: Nov 24, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 62089938
Stillman White
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Providence Rhode Island Fire Department
- Patrick White
 Added: Sep. 8, 2012
My 5th cousin.Rest in peace.
- Patrick White
 Added: Apr. 25, 2012
 
 
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