December 31 – Happy Birthday James N. White

judgeWhite2The son of a prominent Amsterdam dentist and the grandson of a former Montgomery County Judge, James White did not have what one might call an underprivileged Rug City upbringing. But unlike some silver spoon fed members of his generation, this guy never took his good fortune for granted. He was born in Amsterdam, NY on December 31, 1929. He studied hard in school and loved sports, especially Chicago Cubs’ baseball. He played all three Varsity sports at Amsterdam High School, graduating from that institution as a member of the Class of 1947. He went to the University of Pennsylvania where he could have followed his dad, Dr. James D. White into dentistry or his grandfather, Judge Charles Nisbet into law. He chose grandpa. He graduated with honors from Penn in 1951 and then went to Harvard Law School where he earned his J.D. in 1955.

His first job was in Rochester, NY. The following year his Dad died and in 1957, White returned to Amsterdam and joined the practice of Coleman Taylor and Ned Wilkinson. His career in his hometown was immediately put on a fast track. He was appointed assistant D.A. in 1959 and five years later ran for the Montgomery County D.A. and won. He was reelected in 1967 and 1970. He had meanwhile left Wilkinson and Taylor to form a new practice with …

You can read the rest of my story about this long serving Amsterdam jurist in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

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