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Frederick D. White

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Frederick D. White

Commissioner of the Northwest Territories
In office
August 24, 1905 – September 27, 1918
Preceded byOffice created
Succeeded byWilliam Wallace Cory
Personal details
BornFebruary 16, 1847
Birmingham, England
DiedSeptember 27, 1918
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick D. White CMG (February 16, 1847 – September 27, 1918) was a Canadian civil servant who served as the first Commissioner of the Northwest Territories.

Born in Birmingham, White immigrated to Canada in 1862 at the age of 15, and worked for some time for the Grand Trunk Railway at Montreal. He entered the Canadian Department of Justice in 1869 as a third-class clerk, becoming Chief Clerk in 1876. He was later transferred to the Department of the Secretary of State, where he was made the clerk in charge of the North-West Mounted Police in 1876.

In 1880 he was appointed private secretary to Sir John A. Macdonald. The same year he was appointed Comptroller of the NWMP, holding the post until 1913.[1] In 1883 he was given the rank of Deputy Minister. In the 1902 Coronation Honours he was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George.

On August 24, 1905, White was appointed the first Commissioner of the Northwest Territories, and held the office until his death on September 27, 1918.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Canadian Confederation: The Northwest Territories". Library and Archives Canada. Archived from the original on 2007-10-01. Retrieved 2007-11-24.
  2. ^ "Lieut. - Col. White is dead in Ottawa, 72 years of age". Toronto World. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. XXXVIII (13835): 1. September 27, 1918. Retrieved 2013-09-26.
  3. ^ Dickerson, Mark O. (1992). Whose North?: Political Change, Political Development, and Self-government in the Northwest Territories. UBC Press. p. 29. ISBN 978-0-7748-0418-9.
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