Episcopal clergyman. Son of Colonel Thomas White.
Went to London bearing a letter of introduction from Deborah Franklin and seeking ordination in the Church of England (1770). Admitted to the priesthood (1772). Returned to Philadelphia and was curate of Christ Church.
Later played a prominent role in organizing the Protestant Episcopal Church and became Presiding Bishop (1796).
Born in Philadelphia. Married in 1773 to Mary Harrison; eight children.