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A native of Charleston, S. C., he removed to Savannah, Georgia, in 1822. As principal of the Chatham Academy, and for fourteen years of his own Savannah Academy, he acquired fame; he is best remembered by the brilliant, Classical scholarship of his students. Ordained an Episcopal clergyman in 1836, he engaged in mission work, preaching to seamen and to the Negro population, also establishing a church. For over sixty years he was married to Elizabeth Millen of Savannah; they had eight children, three surviving them. As a charter member of the Georgia Historical Association, he wrote important early histories, his Statistics of Geotgia (1849) and Historical Collections of Georgia (1855. Between 1849 and 1858

he lived in Marietta, Georgia, served in relief or as missionary elsewhere in the state, and served a two-year rectorship at Trinity Church, Florence, Alabama. In 1858, he removed to Calvary Church in Memphis, which he served valiantly during the War Between the States and the yellow fever outbreak of 1878, which took his son, A tireless servant of the Church, and of God, he died Apr. 30, 1887,

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A Summons to Memphis: Exploring the Life and Times of the Reverend Mr. George White (1802-1887)