During his 55 years in Athens, Professor White was State Chemist, Chief Chemist of the Georgia Experiment Station, the first head of a UGA chemistry department, and President of the State College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts. He also came within one vote of becoming University of Georgia Chancellor in 1888, losing only because of "stories circulated by the opposition concerning the serving of cocktails at dinner parties given at his home."
Professor White was also known in the community for his "home testimony" often found in newspaper ads for products as Bludwine (a soda drink) and Horsford's Self-Raising Bread Preparation (a baking powder), where he confirmed that the products contained the ingredients they claimed and possessed "healthfulness." Such local endorsements, typically from local physicians, were common features in advertisements for food and medical products during the late 19th and early 20th century.
- Chemistry at the Univeristy of Georgia by W. H. Waggoner in the Heritage collection.
- A Historical Sketch of the University of Georgia by Augustus Longstreet Hull in the Heritage collection.
- A Postcard History of Athens, Georgia by Gary L. Doster in the Heritage and general collections.
- Annals of Athens 1801-1901 by Augustus Longstreet Hull in the Heritage collection.
- UGA College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences website.