Born: Sep­tem­ber 20, 1800, near Spar­tan­burg, South Car­o­li­na.

Died: De­cem­ber 5, 1879, At­lan­ta, Georg­ia, of in­jur­ies re­ceived in a fall.

Buried: Oak­land Cem­e­te­ry, At­lan­ta, Georg­ia.

White began his mu­sic­al ca­reer ear­ly, playing the fife in the War of 1812. He lat­er col­lab­o­rat­ed with his bro­ther-in-law, William Walker, in col­lect­ing folk tunes and camp meet­ing mel­o­dies, but when Walk­er pub­lished The South­ern Har­mo­ny and Mu­sic­al Com­pan­ion in 1835, he gave no cre­dit to White, cre­at­ing a life­long rift be­tween the two men. In 1844, White pub­lished The Sac­red Harp, which like Walk­er’s vol­ume, used the shaped note mu­sic no­ta­tion sys­tem. White worked as a news­pa­per ed­it­or in Har­ris Coun­ty, Georg­ia, in the 1840’s, and taught mu­sic at the Ham­il­ton Fe­male In­sti­tute there. In 1865, he was elect­ed may­or of Ham­il­ton, Geor­gia.


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