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Thomas L. White, a manufacturer of and a wholesale and retail dealer in confectionery at Atchison, Kansas, has been a resident of this city since 1871 and for a number of years has been engaged in his present line of business. Mr. White is a native of Indiana, born in Paoli, October 27, 1833, and was reared in that state. His father, Abram White, was born in North Carolina, and when a young man moved to Indiana, where he was soon afterward married to Miss Mary Lindey, who was born in that state in 1801. Abram White was a merchant during the greater part of his active life. He died in 1848, when his son, Thomas L., was a boy of fourteen years. After the death of the father the widowed mother moved from Paoli to a farm, where she reared her children and later married a second time. Her death occurred in Indiana, when she was seventy-six years old.

Thomas L. White remained on the farm with his mother until he was twenty-one, when he began farming operations for himself in Orange county. He remained in Indiana until 1871, when he came to Atchison, Kansas, and here he turned his attention to the nursery business as solicitor, in which pursuit he was engaged until 1879. That year he formed a partnership with a Mr. Lincoln, under the firm name of Lincoln & White, and began manufacturing confectionery. This firm afterward became White & Son, then White & May, and three years later Mr. White became sole proprietor of the establishment, which he has since conducted alone, doing a large and prosperous business, catering to both a local and a large jobbing trade.

Mr. White was married, in 1854, to Miss May A. Mans, a native of Indiana and a daughter of Aaron Mans. Mr. and Mrs. White have had five children, three sons and two daughters, namely: Charles M., of St. Paul, Minnesota; George A., deceased; Thomas L., Jr., of Beloit, Kansas; Mary M., the wife of W. F. Neitzel, of Concordia, Kansas; and Ora, who died in early childhood. Mr. White gives his support politically to the Republican party.