Born in Chatham County, North Carolina, White moved to Illinois with his parents, who settled near Otterville, Illinois. He attended the free school founded by Dr. Silas Hamilton in Otterville, Illinois, and was graduated from Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, in 1854. He entered a mercantile house in St. Louis, Missouri. He studied law and was admitted to the bar November 4, 1856. He moved to Des Moines, Iowa, in 1856, and practiced law until January 1, 1865. Acting United States district attorney for Iowa in 1864. He moved to New York City in 1865 and engaged in banking. He served as member of the New York Stock Exchange. He was an astronomer and upon the organization of the American Astronomical Society in 1883 was elected its first president.
White was elected as a Republican to the Fiftieth Congress (March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1889). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1888 to the Fifty-first Congress. He resumed the practice of law. He died in Brooklyn, New York, January 18, 1913. He was interred in Greenwood Cemetery.
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- United States Congress. "Stephen V. White (id: W000395)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
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Darwin R. James
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives |
from New York's 3rd congressional district
William C. Wallace