John D. White

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Project Name:
Kentucky Woman Suffrage

Name of Historic Site:
White Cemetery

Event(s)/Use associated with woman/group/site:
Burial place of John D. White


Goose Rock

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unnamed road off Ky State Rt. 421, this cemetery is located a few hundred feet northwest of the White-Howard Cemetery

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Your Affiliation: 
Kentucky Woman Suffrage Project

Additional Comments:

John D. White was a politician from Clay County and also a suffrage supporter. His wife, Alice Harris White was the secretary and treasurer of the Louisville Equal Rights Association. John's sister Laura White was also a suffrage supporter, serving as an active member in the Kentucky Equal Rights Association for many years. The three of them attended the 1908 KERA convention.

As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, he made the motion that created a Select Committee on Woman Suffrage in 1882 - the U.S.
Senate had also created a Committee on Woman Suffrage. He introduced a woman suffrage bill on July 10, 1883, which was referred to the Select Committee and on March 1, 1883, Congress received for the first time ever a favorable majority committee report on this topic.

Reference source of Information:
Randolph Hollingsworth, "John Daugherty White of Clay County and Louisville, advocate for woman suffrage during the Gilded Age" H-Kentucky (15 March 2017). Kentucky Equal Rights Association, Report of the Nineteenth Annual Convention of the Kentucky Equal Rights Association Held at Richmond, KY November 17th and 18th, 1908 (Newport: The Newport Printing Co.): 7.