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White, Wallace Humphrey, Jr.

(1877-1952), a Representative and a Senator from Maine, and grandson of William Pierce Frye, was born in Lewiston August 6, 1877. He attended the public schools of Lewiston, and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1899.

White was assistant clerk to the Committee on Commerce of the United States Senate, and secretary to his grandfather, the President pro tempore from 1899 to 1903. He studied law; was admitted to the bar and began his practice in Lewiston.

He was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-fifth and to the six succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1917-March 3, 1931), but was not a candidate for renomination in 1930, having become a candidate for Senator. In Congress he was chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Justice (Sixty-sixth Congress), Committee on Woman Suffrage (Sixty-seventh through Sixty-ninth Congresses), Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries (Seventieth and Seventy-first Congresses).

White served as a presidential appointee on a variety of commissions. He was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1930, reelected in 1936, and again in 1942 with service extending from from March 4, 1931, to January 3, 1949. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1948. In the Senate he was minority leader (1944-1947), majority leader (1947-1949) – the first Senate majority leader from Maine; chairman of the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce (Eightieth Congress).

He retired from political and business activities and died in Auburn on March 31, 1952, with interment in Mount Auburn Cemetery.

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