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John Phillip White

John Phillip White, American mining association executive. Member Elks, Eagles, Foresters of America.


  • White, John Phillip was born on February 28, 1870 in Coal Valley, Rock Island Company, Illinois, United States. Son of Joseph and Catherine (Byrnes) White.

  • Education

    • Educational public schools.


    • Began as trapper boy in coal mines, at 14. Secretary-treasurer Iowa Miners’ Association, 1899-1904, president 1904-1907 and 1909-1910. International vice president United Mine Workers of America, 1908, international president since April 1, 1911.

      Associated with Hoynes Powder Company, Cleveland, O. Adviser to the United States fuel administrator, September 1917-January 1, 1919. Appointed member of commission to consider differences bet. bituminous coal operators and miners, December 1919. Delaware to World’s Mining Congress, London, 1906.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Denomination: Catholic


    Member Elks, Eagles, Foresters of America.


    • Married Ida Berthold, of Burlington, Iowa, February 27, 1891.
    • father: Joseph White
    • mother: Catherine (Byrnes) White
    • spouse: Ida Berthold
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    Born February 28, 1870