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White Homestead

 
 
White Homestead Marker - Waterford, New York image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 20, 2006
1. White Homestead Marker - Waterford, New York
Inscription.
Erected 1830 by Hugh White
who helped develop Cohoes
Power and Industry; R. R.
Builder; Congressman; Brother
of Canvass White, C. E.,
Builder of Erie Canal

 
Erected 1935 by New York State Education Department.
 
Location. 42° 46.85′ N, 73° 41.704′ W. Marker is in Waterford, New York, in Saratoga County. Marker is on Museum Lane, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is mounted on the front lawn of the Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 Museum Lane, Waterford NY 12188, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cohoes - Waterford Bridge (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Erie Canal (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Cohoes Mastodont (approx. half a mile away); Cohoes City Hall (approx. half a mile away); Horace B. Silliman (approx. half a mile away); First Power Mill for the Manufacture of Knit Fabrics (approx. 0.6 miles away); Egberts & Bailey Mill (approx. 0.6 miles away); Cohoes Mastodon (approx. 0.6 miles away).
 
Regarding White Homestead. The Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural
White Homestead with Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 16, 2008
2. White Homestead with Marker
The White Homestead is now The Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center
Center is located in the 1830 Hugh White Homestead. In 1964, this Greek Revival mansion was scheduled for demolition. However, a group of citizens rallied to save the house and move it from Saratoga Avenue to its present location at 2 Museum Lane overlooking the Mohawk River and the old Champlain Canal in Waterford, New York.

Hugh White

Hugh White was a Representative to the U.S. Congress from New York. He was born in Whitestown, Oneida County, N.Y., on December 25, 1798 where he attended the common schools. He went on to graduate from Hamilton College, Clinton, N.Y., in 1823. He studied law, and was admitted to the bar, but he did not practice law. Instead he joined his brother in the manufacturing of ”Water Lime Cement” at the Chittenango cement works in 1825 and afterwards at Rondout. He was active in the building of the Michigan Southern & Northern Indiana Railroad, and then moved to Cohoes, N.Y. in 1830 He was greatly interested in the development of water power from the Mohawk River. In 1836 White was one of the incorporating stockholders of the Harmony Manufacturing Company (a cotton factory) which became the famous Harmony Mills in Cohoes, New York. He also organized the Rosendale Cement Works.

In 1845 Hugh White was elected to Congress, representing the Saratoga, New York area as a Whig. He was re-elected twice, serving
Huge White image. Click for full size.
August 18, 2008
3. Huge White
A small portrait of a young Hugh White from one of the displays in the Waterford Historical Museum & Cultural Center.
until 1851, serving in theTwenty-ninth, Thirtieth, and Thirty-first Congresses (March 4, 1845 - March 3, 1851); where he was chairman of the Committee on Agriculture (in the Thirtieth Congress). After his public service he resumed his business activities. At his death in Waterford, N.Y. on October 6, 1870, White was President of the Saratoga County National Bank, Waterford, NY and a Trustee of the Waterford Presbyterian Church. He is interred in the Albany Rural Cemetery.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center. This web page has photos of the White Homestead being moved to its current location. (Submitted on September 16, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.) 

2. History of Saratoga County, New York by Nathaniel Bartlet Sylvester 1878. Scan down the web page for the Hugh White biography section entitled, "HON. HUGH WHITE". (Submitted on September 16, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.) 

3. Hugh White's Rosendale Cement. The Century House Historical Society's page on Hugh White and his Rosendale Cement Company (Submitted on September 16, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.) 
 
Additional keywords. Hydraulic Cement, Erie Canal, Canvass White, Cohoes Power Canals, Rosendale Cement Works,
 
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