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HUM 11

White, Daniel Appleton, 1776-1861. Papers of Daniel Appleton White, 1793-1803, 1837: an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: HUM 11
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: White, Daniel Appleton, 1776-1861.
Title: Papers of Daniel Appleton White, 1793-1803, 1837
Date(s): 1793-1803, 1837
Quantity: .26 cubic feet (1 half document box)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Daniel Appleton White (1776-1861) was a Massachusetts lawyer, legislator, and judge. These papers document his activities as a student and his early career as a teacher in Massachusetts from 1793 to 1803. They include materials from his time as a student at Atkinson Academy in New Hampshire in 1793 and as an undergraduate at Harvard College from 1793 to 1797, as well as documents created while teaching at the grammar school in Medford, Massachusetts from 1797 to 1799 and as a tutor at Harvard College from 1799 to 1803. In addition, the collection contains White's memoir of his undergraduate years at Harvard, written in 1837 when he was sixty-one years old, and eulogies he wrote in 1800 following the deaths of Samuel Shapleigh and George Washington.

Acquisition information:

The collection was donated to Harvard University in 1958 by the Rev. Henry Wilder Foote, great grandson of Daniel Appleton White.

Processing Information:

Items in this collection were previously cataloged separately, as individual items or in small collections. The material was re-processed in 2010, combining all of the Harvard University Archives' holdings of Daniel Appleton White papers to create one collection. Re-processing involved a collection survey, re-housing in appropriate archival folders and boxes, and the creation of this finding aid.
This finding aid was created by Laura Morris in May 2010.
Preservation and description of the Papers of Daniel Appleton White was supported by the Arcadia-funded project Harvard in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries.

Researcher Access:

The Papers of Daniel Appleton White are open for research.

Copying Restriction:

Copying of fragile materials may be limited.

Online access:

All of the papers have been digitized and are available online. Links accompany detailed descriptions.

Preferred Citation:

White, Daniel Appleton, 1776-1861. Papers of Daniel Appleton White, 1793-1803, 1837. HUM 11, Harvard University Archives.

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Biographical Note

Daniel Appleton White was born to John and Elizabeth (Haynes) White in what is now Lawrence, Massachusetts on June 7, 1776. He grew up on the family's farm, leaving in June 1792 to study under Silas Dinsmoor at Atkinson Academy in New Hampshire. White was a diligent student and gained admission to Harvard College in July 1793. He received an A.B. with highest honors from Harvard in 1797, taught at the Medford (Massachusetts) grammar school from 1797 to 1799, and was Latin tutor at Harvard from 1799 to 1803. White studied law while he was a Harvard tutor and was admitted to the bar in Massachusetts in 1804. After living in Salem, Massachusetts for a brief time from 1803 to 1804, White moved to Newburyport, Massachusetts, where he established a law practice. White stayed in Newburyport until 1817, when he returned to Salem. He was a member of the Massachusetts legislature from 1810 to 1815 and was elected a judge in Essex County, Massachusetts, in 1815; he held this office for thirty-eight years, until 1853. White was also an active member of the Essex Institute and the Massachusetts Historical Society and served as an Overseer at Harvard from 1842 to 1853. He was married three times. Daniel Appleton White died in Salem, Massachusetts on March 30, 1861.



The papers are arranged in three series: Papers within each series are arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content

This collection documents Daniel Appleton White's life as a student and a teacher. It contains papers related to his studies at Atkinson Academy and at Harvard College; two letters written in the role of grammar school teacher in Medford, Massachusetts; lecture notes and several sets of quaestiones historicae White used while a tutor at Harvard College, two eulogies he wrote in 1800, and a memoir he wrote at the age of sixty-one, reflecting on his undergraduate years at Harvard. The papers created while he was a Harvard undergraduate include an address delivered at a Hasty Pudding Club anniversary celebration, an address delivered at a Speaking Club celebration, and a Phi Beta Kappa dissertation which White co-authored with classmate John Collins Warren.


This document last updated 2015 April 29.

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