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Allen White

Allen White

Businessman.  Born: April 20, 1819, Huron County, Ohio.  Married: Mary Ann Hatten April 15, 1867. Died: October 4, 1882, El Dorado, Kansas.

Dr. Allen White was a businessman, civic leader, and mayor of El Dorado. He was born in Huron County, Ohio, to John and Fear Perry White on April 20, 1819. Their family line traces back to Massachusetts in 1643. Allen attended Columbus Medical College and practiced medicine in Ohio before moving to Kansas in 1859. He married and divorced Elizabeth Kitts. On April 15, 1867, he married Mary Ann Hatten, a local schoolteacher.

Together they had two sons, William Allen and Frederick Hatten, the latter dying at five months. The family moved to El Dorado, Kansas in 1869. Dr. White became one of the town’s leading citizens, operating a drug store, engaged in farming for a time, and from 1879 to 1881 operated their home as a hotel, called "The White House."

He was mayor when he died there October 4, 1882.

Entry: White, Allen

Author: Kansas Historical Society

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Date Created: April 2012

Date Modified: November 2012

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