Edward D. White

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Edward D. White
Former Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
From: December 12, 1910 – May 19, 1921
Nominator William Howard Taft
Predecessor Melville Fuller
Successor William Howard Taft
Former Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
From: February 19, 1894 – December 12, 1910
Nominator Grover Cleveland
Predecessor Samuel Blatchford
Successor Willis Van Devanter
U.S. Senator from Louisiana
From: 1891-1894
Predecessor James B. Eustis
Successor Newton C. Blanchard
Party Democrat
Spouse(s) Virginia Montgomery Kent
Religion Roman Catholic

Edward D. White was a politician and jurist. He served as the 9th Chief Justice of the United States and is known for developing the "Rule of Reason" standard of antitrust law.

White was a member of the Ku Klux Klan after the fall of the Confederacy. In 1894, Democrat President Grover Cleveland appointed White as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. White sided with the Supreme Court majority in Plessy v. Ferguson, which upheld the legality of state segregation to provide "separate but equal" public facilities in the United States, despite protections of the Fourteenth Amendment to equal protection of the laws.

Legacy and honors

  • A statue of White is one of the two honoring Louisiana natives in the National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol.
  • A statue of White is located in front of the Louisiana Supreme Court building in New Orleans. The second statue is a local landmark in New Orleans.
  • In his honor, the Louisiana State University Law Center founded the annual Edward Douglass White Lectures.

See also