From the Richmond Times-Dispatch, 7/16/1907, p. 2, c. 2
DR. ISAIAH WHITE, LONG ILL, IS DEAD
Prominent Physician and Citizen Dies After Illness of Over a Year.
NATIVE OF ACCOMAC COUNTY
Distinguished as Surgeon in War, He Made Great Record as Physician in Peace.
Dr. Isaiah Henry White, long a prominent physician and citizen of Richmond, died at his home, No. 210 East Franklin Street, at 10 o’clock last night, after an illness of more than a year.
Dr. White had been confined to his home for about eighteen months, but it was only in the last few weeks that he was taken seriously ill. He had long been a sufferer from Bright’s disease, but his death was attributed to a general breaking-down; combined with his advanced age. The funeral arrangements have not yet been made, but it is probable that the burial will take place to-morrow.
Dr. White was one of the most prominent men of his profession in this section of the State, and was widely known among all classes of people.
He was born at Onancock, Accomac county, Va., on July 24, 1838, and was therefore sixty-nine years of age. His father was Samuel C. White, a farmer of Accomac, and his mother, Mary E. Chandler, of the same county.
Young White was reared in the village of Onancock, and received his early education there. He attended the village schools and later went to Brock’s private school in Alexandria from 1853 to 1855. He was a student at William and Mary College from 1855 to 1858, and was graduated from that institution in the latter year. In 1859 he entered the Medical College of Virginia and was graduated with high honors as a doctor of medicine in 1861. In April, 1871, Dr. White married Mrs. Caroline W. Brooks, nee Kern, and she died about one year ago.
In this connection it may be said that it is a coincidence worthy of mention that the month of July has figured conspicuously in Dr. White’s family. He was born in that month, his wife died in July, and an old servant, who has been in the family many years, remarked a few days ago, in discussing his illness, that he would go in the same month.
Medicine His Natural Talent.
Dr. White showed a personal preference early in life for the medical profession, and his parents at once acceded to his wishes and sent him to college with that end in view. He was demonstrator of anatomy at the Medical College of Virginia from 1865 to 1875, and was in charge of the college infirmary from 1868 to 1871. Dr. White conducted a private hospital here from 1891 to 1895, and was acting assistant surgeon in the United States Marine Hospital Service in Richmond from 1886 to 1892.
In Confederate Army.
He saw service in the Confederate Army, of which he was always proud. In April, 1862, Dr. White was made assistant surgeon of the Confederate States Army, and was stationed at Chimborazo Hospital. He was promoted in July, 1862, to surgeon of the Fourteenth Louisiana Infantry, and in February, 1864, was assigned as surgeon in charge of the military prison at Andersonville, Ga.
In the summer of 1864 a still greater responsibility came to Dr. White. He was promoted to the position of chief surgeons of all military prisons east of the Mississippi River, and served in this capacity until the close of the war. Dr. White was an ex-member of the Southern Surgical and Genealogical [sic: Gynecological. MDG] Association and of the Richmond Academy of Medicine. He had also been president of the latter body, and took a deep interest in its work. In politics Dr. White was an ardent Democrat, though he never held or sought public office. He was fond of out door sports, and one of his chief pastimes when in good health was horseback riding.
Popular With Associates.
Dr. White was popular with the members of his profession, as he was with men of other walks of life, and was regarded as one of the most accomplished physicians and surgeons in this community.
His nearest relatives are two sisters, who reside in Washington, D. C. They are Misses Sue and Mary White. They have been wired for and will arrive in the city this morning. Pending their coming, the funeral arrangements will not be perfected, as their wishes will be consulted in the matter. Dr. White leaves three nephews: Messrs. I. W. Fuller, of Richmond; J. M. Fuller, of Pittsburg, and J. J. Bailey, of Lawrenceville, Va.