Elihu A. White

Perquimans County

Featured Character – Divided Allegiances

Elihu White House

Courtesy of Stephen C. Nowell II

Elihu A. White (1834-1900) was a prominent Quaker of the Belvidere area of Perquimans County before the Civil War.  He served as postmaster for the Newbys Bridge community from 1858 to 1861 and a Republican Senator from 1868 to 1870.  In addition he served as Justice of the Peace in 1873, County Commissioner for Perquimans County from 1873 to 1878, and as a Collector of Internal Revenue under Presidents Rutherford B. Hayes and Benjamin Harrison. In 1894 here served as a member of the University of North Carolina Board of Trustees.  Elihu married Margaret M. White (1835-1878), daughter of Caleb and Mary White of Indiana in 1870 and had five children. He later married Emma Haughton White, daughter of Charles and Lucy White of Indiana in 1885 and had two children.