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Compton I. White Jr.

Compton Ignatius White Jr December 19, 1920 – October 19, 1998 was a two-term congressman from northern Idaho A Democrat, he was elected to the open seat in the first district in 1962 and re-elected in 19641 White left office 50 years ago in January 1967 and is the last from the Idaho Panhandle region to represent the state in Congress


  • 1 Early years
  • 2 Congress
  • 3 After Congress
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Early yearsedit

The son of Congressman Compton I White and Josephine Elizabeth White née Bunn, White was born in Spokane, Washington, and grew up in his family's hometown of Clark Fork, Idaho, and in Washington, DC He attended George Washington University in Washington, DC for his freshman year of college,2 then transferred to the University of Idaho in Moscow, where he graduated in 19423

During World War II, White worked as an engineer for Boeing in Seattle, and also in mining, logging, and livestock breeding After the war, he returned to Clark Fork and served on the school board From 1958 to 1962 White served as mayor of Clark Fork


In 1960, White announced his candidacy for the US Senate seat held by Republican Henry Dworshak, but was third of five in the Democratic primary45 Runner-up Bob McLaughlin of Mountain Home won the runoff over leader Gregg Potvin of American Falls,67 but lost the general election That seat was open again in 1962 after Dworshak's death in July, and Gracie Pfost was the Democratic nominee, vacating her first district seat in the House White won the Democratic primary and general election, the same seat his father held for eight terms

White was re-elected in the Democratic landslide of 1964,8 but was defeated for a third term in 1966 by Republican state senator Jim McClure of Payette, who defeated him again in 1968

  • ^ a b "Compton 'Comp' White Jr" Spokesman-Review Spokane, Washington October 22, 1998 p D5 
  • ^ Doyle, Randall Jordan 1996 The life and career of Congressman Compton White, Jr and the Idaho Democratic Party in the 1960s PhD University of Idaho p 30 OCLC 43774727 
  • ^ "Seniors" Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook 1942 p 310 
  • ^ Wakeley, Daniel A June 8, 1960 "Northerners differ from Idaho vote in race" Spokane Daily Chronicle Washington p 14 
  • ^ "McLaughlin lead reduced" Spokane Daily Chronicle Washington June 11, 1960 p 3 
  • ^ "Potvin leads Idaho race" Spokane Daily Chronicle Washington Associated Press June 8, 1960 p 5 
  • ^ Wakeley, Daniel A June 29, 1960 "Northern Idaho prefers Potvin" Spokane Daily Chronicle Washington p 6 
  • ^ "White says his race close because of Barry's showing" Lewiston Morning Tribune Idaho November 5, 1964 p 5 
  • ^ "Office of the Clerk: Election statistics" US House of Representatives Retrieved March 10, 2013 
  • ^ http://wwwidahostatesmancom/273/story/571750html
  • External linksedit

    • United States Congress "Compton I White Jr id: W000362" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 
    • University of Idaho Library – Compton I White Jr papers, 1963-1966
    • Compton I White Jr at Find a Grave
    US House of Representatives
    Preceded by
    Gracie Pfost
    United States House of Representatives,
    Idaho First Congressional District

    January 3, 1963–January 3, 1967
    Succeeded by
    Jim McClure

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