White, Thomas, Hon.
appeared in Acton Free Press (Acton, ON), 26 Apr 1888, p. 2, column 1
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HON. THOMAS WHITE DEAD.
The Minister of the Interior Passes Away After
a Short Illness.
OTTAWA, April 23. - Hon. Thomas White died at 10 o'clock last night, surrounded by the members of his family. When told that there was no hope of his recovery the hon. gentleman said he was resigned to his fate.
As Mr. White felt his end drawing nigh he bade each of his dear ones farewell, commencing with his devoted wife, the partner of his joys and sorrows for thirty-five years. The scene was an affectionate and affecting one. Respiration was difficult, the dying man could therefore only say a word or two, grasp in turn the hand of wife, sons, and daughter, giving each a fond look and then passed away.
Mr. White was born in Montreal on the 7th August, 1830. His father was Irish, a County Westmeath man, and his mother Scotch, having been born in Edinburgh. Mr. White, sr., carried on business as a leather merchant in Montreal for many years. He sent his son Thomas to the High School at Montreal, where he received the education which in late years he was destined to turn to such excellent account. Having left school Mr. White engaged for some years in mercantile pursuits, but soon made up his mind to abandon the calling and accepted a position on the editiorial staff of the Quebec Gazette, which position was offered to him in consequence of an address delivered on temperance by him in the City of Quebec, and which attracted much attention.
In 1853 he established, in company with his brother-in-law, Mr. Robert Romaine, the Peterboro' Review, with which he was connected until 1860. Then he entered upon the study of law in the office of the Hon. Sidney Smith, R.C., of Cobourg, continuing his studies during the full term of four years. Finding that he was not cut out for the legal profession and his mind consistently reverting to his old love - journalism - he entered into partnership with his brother, Mr. Richard White, and jointly they purchased the Hamilton Spectator, which they ran successfully from 1864 to 1870.
The two brothers then purchased the Montreal Gazette in 1870, and by energy and perseverance have raised it to is present high position as a leading newspaper in the Province of Quebec.
In 1885 the veteran chieftain invited Mr. White to join the Administration as Minister of the Interior, and in doing so honored not only the recipient of the office, but the profession of which he was such an eminent member. Mr. White has proved himself to be one of the best administrators Canada has ever had.
In his relations with the officers of his department Mr. White was most happy. Naturally of a genial temperament and a merry disposition, he established from the beginning and maintained to the end the warmest personal friendship with those with whom his departmental duties brought him into close relation.
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