Daniel Warren White (1 September 1908 - 23 April 1992) was an American politician from Montana, best known for serving as Governor of Montana for five consecutive terms (1951-1960) and was the failed Nationalist Presidential candidate in the 1960 election. White wrote A Western Sensibility, regarded as one of the most important political manifestos of the 20th century.

Early life

Daniel Warren White was born on September 1, 1908 on a ranch in Eastern Montana near present-day Smoke River. His father, Warren White, (1880-1953) was a native Missourian who moved with his wife Sarah (1883-1970) to Montana in 1905 after acquiring a homestead. The family lived in poverty for most of White's upbringing.

White volunteered for the U.S. Army in 1925 at the age of 16, dropping out of school and signing up to fight the Japanese during their invasion of the United States. He saw action at Olympia and Monticello, which was fought on his 17th birthday, and fought through the campaign to drive Japan out of Oregon. White was discharged in July of 1928 after serving a tour in Hawai'i, where he was wounded and nearly died, and briefly worked at a lumber mill in Washington before enrolling in the Veterans Act that granted Pacific War veterans free access to public university education. White attended the University of Montana, where he played football, wrestled and was Student President, as well as a member of Delta Alpha Sigma fraternity, where he also served as chapter president. After earning his degree in 1933, he attended Stanford Law School, after which he returned to Coulson, Montana to practice law.

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