Hugh Lawson White Military service and law
He had served in Tennessee in 1792-93 against the Native Americans. He began to practice law in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1796, and became a judge in 1801. In 1829-30, Senator White was the author of the bill to remove the Native Americans west of the Mississippi. His independent nature and his stern rectitude earned for Judge White the appellation "The Cato of the United States."
He was at first a strong supporter of President Jackson, but their relationship floundered after the Legislature of Tennessee nominated him for President in 1835. In the election of 1836, he won in Tennessee by more than 10,000 votes. Altogether, he won a total of 26 electoral votes.
Senator White resigned on January 13, 1840 after the General Assembly of Tennessee instructed him to vote for the Sub Treasury Bill, or Independent Treasury Bill. He had been a banker and the president of the Bank of Tennessee from 1812 to 1827. Alexander O. Anderson replaced him in the Senate on February 26, 1840. On April 20, 1840, in the Senate, Senator Anderson announced the death of the Honorable Hugh L. White.