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White, William Alanson

Frank Rives Millikan

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 | ISBN: 9780195082098
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:
White, William Alanson

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White, William Alanson (24 January 1870–07 March 1937), psychiatrist and mental hospital administrator, was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Harriet Augusta Hawley and Alanson White, a businessman. By family tradition the Whites traced their ancestry to the Mayflower, and because the family summered in Massachusetts, White considered himself as much a New Englander as a New Yorker, attributing “a very definite streak of hyperconscientiousness” to his Puritanical roots. White also regarded himself psychologically as an only child because his only sibling, a brother, was ten years older....

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