William B. White

(1856-1948). Minister, administrator. He was the grandson of John Byington, who had been the first president of the General Conference. He began preaching intermittently when 25 years of age, supporting himself by teaching, digging ditches, and farming. His first official work was the superintendency of the North Dakota Mission (1887); then, in succession, he was president of the [South] Dakota (1887-1891), Nebraska (1891-1896), Indiana (1897-1898), and Montana (1898-1905) conferences, then the Pacific (1904-1905), North Pacific (1906-1909), and Atlantic (1909-1913) unions. From 1913 to 1920 he was president of the South African Union Conference, after which he returned to the United States to take up less strenuous duties. He retired in 1933.

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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