William Thomas White Biography

Thomas White was born on November 13, 1866 in Bronte, Canada West (today known as Oakville, Ontario). He was a cousin to Aunt Polly and had a very long and lucrative career in both journalism and politics. In 1890 White was a reporter for the now discontinued Toronto Evening Telegram, a popular conservative paper in the 1800s. After finishing his career in journalism, he became a politician and was elected into government. He was eventually appointed Minister of Finance and managed Canada's Finances during the Great War (World War One). He would introduce the rather infamous temporary measure of Canadian income tax in 1917. The pinnacle of White's career came in 1919 when he served as the interim acting Prime Minister of Canada while Sir Robert Borden was in Europe. He died in 1955 at the age of 88.