Charles M. White
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Charles M. White

Business Executive
Male
Born Jun 13, 1891

Charles McElroy White was an American steel manufacturer. He was a protegé of Tom M. Girdler, and was briefly superintendent of Jones and Laughlin Steel Company in 1929. He followed Girdler to the rapidly growing Republic Steel in 1930, where he was appointed president of the company in 1945. He was promoted to chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer in 1956. He retired in 1960.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1891 Birth Charles M. White was born in June 1891 in Oakland, Maryland, to Charles Franklin and Estella Virginia (Jarboe) White. … Read More

TWENTIES

1913 - 1916 3 More Events
1917 26 Years Old His position was reclassified in 1917 as a master mechanic. … Read More
1918 27 Years Old In 1918, White married Helen Bradley. … Read More
1920 29 Years Old White was promoted to operating manager of the Monongahela Connecting Railroad in 1920. … Read More

THIRTIES

1927 36 Years Old In 1927, White left J&L's railroad subsidiaries to become assistant superintendent of the company's Aliquippa Steel Works in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.
1929 38 Years Old He was promoted to general superintendent of the plant in 1929, but served only a few months.
1930 39 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He followed Girdler to the rapidly growing Republic Steel in 1930, where he was appointed president of the company in 1945.

FORTIES

1935 44 Years Old 1 More Event
During this testimony, White engaged in a now-famous exchange of words with Senator Robert M. La Follette, Jr.. White admitted to La Follette's committee that he had authorized the expenditure of $11,900 for tear gas and handguns in June 1935. … Read More

FIFTIES

1945 54 Years Old In 1945, White was elected president of Republic Steel by the company's board of directors. … Read More
1948 57 Years Old In 1948, White embroiled Republic Steel in a major dispute with the Kaiser-Frazer company. … Read More
1950 59 Years Old …  This order established the Wage Stabilization Board, but as production failed to meet national needs President Truman declared a national emergency on December 16, 1950. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1952 61 Years Old 1 More Event
White strongly denounced the legal structure which led to the "steel seizure" case. In May 1952, speaking to the American Steel Warehouse Association, he declared, "This partnership between government and labor has been a disgrace to our country." … Read More
1954 63 Years Old White pushed Republic Steel into the nuclear power industry in 1954. … Read More
1955 64 Years Old 1 More Event
White was elected a director of the Cleveland Trust Company in January 1955, and vice-chairman of The Conference Board in May 1956. … Read More
1956 65 Years Old He was promoted to chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer in 1956. … Read More
1959 68 Years Old In May 1959, White declared that the nation could weather a three-month steel strike without any problems. … Read More
1960 69 Years Old In 1960, at the age of 70, Charles M. White retired as chairman of Republic Steel.
1966 75 Years Old He remained on the board of directors until 1966, and was given the title of honorary chairman.
1977 86 Years Old In retirement, White moved to Palm Beach, Florida. His health declined in his later years, and he died at his Florida home of unspecified causes on January 10, 1977. … Read More
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