After serving as both Justice and Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court, he was appointed Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.
After graduating from St. Louis Community College and St. Louis University, he completed his J.D. at the University of Missouri–Kansas City.
He was the first African-American to serve as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri.
He was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri.
Senator (and later U.S. Attorney General) John Ashcroft opposed President Bill Clinton's 1997 nomination of White to a U.S. District Court position, but White faced much less opposition when President Obama nominated him for the same position in 2013.