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Dr. Squire White was born at Guilford, Vermont on November 20, 1785. He studied medicine in the office of his brother, Dr. Asa White, in Sherburne, New York, and in the office of Dr. Joseph White, of Cherry Valley – at that time one of the most celebrated physicians and surgeons in New York State.
When he arrived in Canadaway (later Fredonia) in 1808, he was the first licensed physician in Chautauqua County. He soon acquired a large practice and he became known for visiting various patients via horseback. He was also noted for “the depth of his medical knowledge, the clearness of his observations, and his nice discrimination in everything relating to his profession.”
When the county was organized in 1811, Dr. White was appointed surrogate, which office he held for two years. He was also elected three times to the state assembly, being a member in the years 1830 to 1832. He consented also to serve as supervisor of Pomfret in 1838 and 1839.
Dr. White was twice married; first, to Sally, daughter of Hezekiah Barker, in October 1813. They had four children. Sally White died in July 1823 and three years later Dr. White married Lydia, daughter of Judge Zattu Cushing. The couple had three children together.
Dr. White died April 2, 1857 at the age of 71. His son, Devillo, built the historic White Inn in 1868, on property originally purchased by Dr. White.
– J. Sample