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James White, a Philadelphia native, was educated as a lawyer and a doctor. He settled in Currituck County and represented it in three Provincial Congresses between 1775-1776. In 1777, White represented Chatham County in Legislature and was a member of the Continental Congress 1785-1786. In 1786, he was appointed by Congress as Superintendent of Indian Affairs in the Southern District composed of NC, SC and GA. In 1789, White was elected to represent the newly created Hawkins County in the NC General Assembly. He died near New Orleans, LA.