Stephen M. White
|United States Senator|
March 4, 1893 – March 4, 1899
|Preceded by||Charles N. Felton|
|Succeeded by||Thomas R. Bard|
|18th Lieutenant Governor of California |
September 13, 1887 – January 8, 1891
|Preceded by||Robert Waterman|
|Succeeded by||John B. Reddick|
|Member of the California Senate|
|Born||January 19, 1853|
San Francisco, California
|Died||February 21, 1901 (aged 48)|
Los Angeles, California
Born in San Francisco, Stephen White attended Santa Clara College and read law in the office of Charles Bruce Younger Sr. in Santa Cruz, California and was admitted to the bar in 1874. He came to Los Angeles to practice and served as the Los Angeles County District Attorney from 1882 to 1884. Before becoming district attorney in 1882, White was a charter member of the first Los Angeles County Bar Association. He was also a member of the California State Senate from 1887 to 1891, where he served as president pro tempore both sessions, and as Acting Lieutenant Governor (1887–1891), and later represented California for one term in the United States Senate from 1893 to 1899. He was California's first U.S. Senator to be born in the state.
He married Hortense Sacriste, a native of North Carolina. Her father, a native of France, descendant from an aristocratic family, immigrated to the United States, with his parents when only three years of age. He was educated at Wilmington, Delaware. Her mother was a native of Ireland, and came to the United States when five years of age. She was also educated at Wilmington. Her death occurred in March, 1895. When Sacriste was fourteen years of age her parents moved to Los Angeles, California. Here she attended school, afterwards graduating from Notre Dame, Philadelphia. Her marriage to Stephen M. White occurred at Sacramento in 1885. They had 4 children — William, Estelle, Hortense, and Gerald Griffin, who was named for Senator White's paternal great-uncle, the noted Irish poet and novelist.
He undertook and won the Free Harbor Fight, a seven-year struggle to secure a deep-water harbor at San Pedro–forerunner to today's Port of Los Angeles. He is also remembered as a criminal defense attorney. When he died in 1901 he was acclaimed in San Francisco and Los Angeles as the state's "most brilliant genius," as "perhaps the most eminent of the State's native sons." He was the first past-president of Native Sons of the Golden West, Ramona Parlor No. 109.
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- Queenan, Charles F. (May 10, 1992). "'Great Free Harbor Fight' : At Stake Was the Port Site for the Growing City of L.A." Los Angeles Times.
- Image of statue of Stephen M. White outside of the old Los Angeles County Courthouse, 1920s. Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive (Collection 1429). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
| Acting Lieutenant Governor of California
John B. Reddick
Charles N. Felton
| U.S. senator (Class 1) from California
Served alongside: Leland Stanford, George C. Perkins
Thomas R. Bard