William Allen White

American newspaper editor and politician, Kansas

William Allen White (February 10, 1868 – January 29, 1944) was an American newspaper editor, politician, author, and leader of the Progressive movement. Between 1896 and his death, White became a spokesman for middle America.

William Allen White
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Born(1868-02-10)February 10, 1868
DiedJanuary 29, 1944(1944-01-29) (aged 75)
EducationCollege of Emporia and University of Kansas
OccupationNewspaper editor, author
Spouse(s)Sallie Lindsay
ChildrenWilliam Lindsay White, Mary
Parent(s)Allen, Mary Ann

Early lifeEdit

White was born in Emporia, Kansas. White moved to El Dorado, Kansas with his parents, Allen and Mary Ann Hatten White. He spent most of his childhood in El Dorado. He loved animals, and he loved reading various books.[1][2]


White became a leader of the Progressive movement in Kansas. He created the Kansas Republican League in 1912. He did this to oppose railroads.[3] White helped Theodore Roosevelt form the Progressive (Bull-Moose) Party in 1912. He did this to oppose the conservatives helping Republican president William Howard Taft.[4]


White married Sallie Lindsay in 1893. They had two children, William Lindsay, born in 1900, and Mary Katherine, born in 1904. Mary died in a 1921 horse-riding accident. This led to her father to writing a famous eulogy, "Mary White," on August 17, 1921.[5][6]


  1. "William Allen White House: History". Kansas State Historical Society. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-04-08. Retrieved 2008-03-30.
  2. "William Allen White Biography". Kansas University School of Journalism. 2008. Archived from the original on 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2008-03-30.
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  4. Johnson, Walter F. (1947). William Allen White's America. Henry Holt and Company. Chapter 10.
  5. White, William Allen. "Family History: Mary White". Emporia Gazette. Archived from the original on 2008-03-23. Retrieved 2008-04-05.
  6. White, William Allen. "Mary White" (PDF). Kansas State Historical Society. Archived from the original (pdf) on 2008-02-29. Retrieved 2008-04-05.

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