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Charline White

Charline White

Charline White
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Quick Facts

Was Politician
Type Politics
Gender female
Birth 1920, Atlanta, USA
Death 1959 (aged 39 years)
Politics Democratic Party
Wayne State University
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Charline White (September 1, 1920 – September 7, 1959) was the first African-American woman to be elected to the Michigan Legislature.

Early life

White was born in Atlanta, Georgia on September 1, 1920, but in sometime in 1923 moved to Detroit, Michigan. White graduated from Cass Technical High School and attended both Wayne State University and Poro College.

Personal life

Charline White married LeRoy G. White around 1947. The two divorced in 1953.


White ran both an advertising business and a floral business. In 1950, White was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District. She was sworn in for the first time on January 3, 1951. White was a member of the Democratic party. She was re-elected to represent Wayne County 1st District until November 2, 1954 when she was elected to represent Wayne County 11th District. She was sworn in for the first time for this position on January 12, 1955. She would win re-election two more time before her death on September 7, 1959. White died in office on September 7, 1959. Her vacancy was filled by David S. Holmes Jr.

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