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James Bain White

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James Bain White
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 12th district
In office
March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1889
Preceded byRobert Lowry
Succeeded byJames B. White
Personal details
Born(1835-06-26)June 26, 1835
Denny, Stirlingshire, Scotland
DiedOctober 9, 1897(1897-10-09) (aged 62)
Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S.
Resting placeLindenwood Cemetery.
Political partyRepublican

James Bain White (June 26, 1835 – October 9, 1897) was a United States Representative from Indiana.

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Transcription

Welcome to Storyline Online, brought to you by Screen Actors Guild Foundation. My name is James Earl Jones. You might wonder why I'm doing the reading and not you. I'll give you a hint, as old as I am, I still need practice, because I learned to read quite early around by the time I was four, but I didn't read out loud until I was fourteen because I didn't talk. See I'm a stutterer and I'm also somewhat dyslexic, but we'll try this anyway. Today I'm reading "To Be A Drum" written by Evelyn Coleman; the artwork is by Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson. During a morning mist, the fog swirled up around Mat, Martha, and their daddy. And when they sat cross-legged, they couldn't be seen from afar. But they were there. Then Daddy Wes told them a story in his soft voice, the voice that could tap, tap, tap Mat and Martha gently on their hearts. Daddy Wes began. "Long before time, before hours and minutes and seconds, on the continent of Africa, the rhythm of the earth beat for the first people. The earth filled the air with spirit. The spirit rose on the wind and flew into our bodies. And our own hearts beat for the first time. We were alive! The beat moved through our bodies and pushed out from our fingers. That is how our drum was born. With the drum we spoke to the animals and to the people. The earth's heart beat out the rhythm of all there is. We listened-and sounded the rhythms back for her to hear. Then men from another continent came-men who would not listen to the rhythm of the earth. They shackled us, the people of the earth's color, and flung us into the bellies of ships, bringing us enslaved across the oceans and the seas. They tore us apart from one another and did not allow us to speak our own languages. We were a lost people. We were no longer free. We thought we were no more. Then they took the drums away. But cruelty cannot stop the earth's heart from beating. The earth's spirit moved through us still and pushed-not only out our fingers, but out our entire bodies. And we became the drums. Living drums-beating for the whole world to hear and see. We were alive! We would be free. So when we worked in the fields, we made our feet drums. When we sang songs under starlit skies, we made our mouths drums. When we talked to each other, we made our speech drums. When we stitched our quilts, we made our hands drums. When we fought in wars, we made our courage drums. When we invented things, we made our minds drums. When we fought for our freedom and for our civil rights, we made our communities drums. When we created music, paintings, sculpture, dances, and dramas, we made our art drums. When we wrote down our wisdom, we made our stories drums. When we recorded our memories, we made our history drums. When we became farmers, scientists, teachers, leaders, entrepreneurs, and tradespeople, we made our dreams drums. We were the earth's people. We were the living drums. We would always be free." Daddy Wes leaned over and whispered, "listen, do you hear?" He stretched out on the earth, his arms spread like a bird's wings. Mat and Martha lay down close beside and put their ears to the ground, too. They waited for the magic to be theirs. Waited for the hearing of the earth's heartbeat. Waited to become. "I hear it, Daddy Wes," said Martha. "I don't hear anything," said Mat. "You got to let go, son," Daddy Wes said. "Be quiet and still. You'll grow to be strong if you learn to be still." Mat let out a deep sigh. His body relaxed like when he floated on the pond. At last he heard the earth's heartbeat. "I hear it, Daddy Wes, I hear it too!" he shouted. Daddy Wes smiled. "And what does the earth say?" Mat and Martha and Daddy Wes all drummed the earth's heartbeat together, bum-bum, bum-bum, bum-bum. "Now the both of you," Daddy Wes said, "will always know how to beat out your own rhythm on the earth. Then Daddy Wes, Mat, and Martha took each other's hands and strolled from the field with the heartbeat of the earth sounding their way. You, too, can be free. Become a drum.

Biography

White was born in Denny, Stirlingshire, Scotland, where he grew up and attended school. He immigrated to the United States as a young man in 1854 and settled in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he worked as a calico printer and tailor. Upon the outbreak of the American Civil War, he volunteered for service in the Union Army and was elected captain of Company I, 30th Regiment Indiana Infantry. He was wounded at the Battle of Shiloh on April 7, 1862, and resigned from the Army eight months later, in December.

White returned to Fort Wayne and was elected a member of the city's Common Council in 1874. He also owned a department store, ran a wheel manufacturing business, and worked as a banker.

White was elected as a Republican to the 50th United States Congress (March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1889). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the 51st Congress in 1888.

White was a delegate at the 1892 Republican National Convention and a commissioner for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. He died on October 9, 1897, in Fort Wayne and was interred there in Lindenwood Cemetery. {{White Memorial Fountain Location: Denny, Stirlingshire, Scotland

In 1892, the White family donated a drinking fountain to the town of Denny. It was erected near Denny Old Parish Church at Broad Street in the junction of Denny Cross. Two years later, a family member, Mr. James B. White, gave £100 to the Town Council to create a fund from which the accrued interest would pay for annual maintenance of the cast iron fountain. The relevance of the drinking fountain declined in the early 20th century when it became an obstruction due to an increase in motor traffic, and the waning use of the structure as a source of water. In 1940, Mr. W. T. White of Fort Wayne, Indiana, the only living relative of the donor, was contacted for permission to remove the fountain due to the urgent national need for iron for the war effort. The fountain was removed in 1941. The fountain manufactured by Messrs. Steven Bros. & Co. of the Milton Ironworks, Glasgow and London was seated on a square stone plinth. A square base housed small demi-lune basins at ground level for dogs, and on four sides a large quatrefoil basin for horses was fed with overflow water. The highly decorated stanchion and central column were decorated with acanthus and floral relief. Lion mascarons, a symbol of guardianship, spouted water from which humans drank using metal cups suspended on consoles. A dolphin, symbolizing guardians of water, flanked each side of the stanchion. The base of the lamp column contained four mascarons crowned with a shell motif. A Corinthian column supported a central gas lantern surmounted with a knob finial. By 1917 the central lamp had been replaced by three smaller globes. A dedication plaque contained an inscription acknowledging that the fountain had been presented by the White Family.}}

References

  • United States Congress. "James Bain White (id: W000378)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2009-5-12

External links

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert Lowry
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 12th congressional district

March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1889
Succeeded by
Charles A. O. McClellan
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