WHITE, John I, of Reading, Berks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1386-1421, ed. J.S. Roskell, L. Clark, C. Rawcliffe., 1993
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Jan. 1397

Family and Education

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Mayor, Reading Mich. 1402-4, 1410-13, 1416-17; bailiff 1426-7.1


On the occasion of White’s first election to Parliament, when he must still have been a young man, John Kent I* offered sureties for his attendance in the Commons. His other associates included William Shortwade*, by whom he was named in 1399 as an attorney to complete some private business. Following his earliest appointment as mayor, he was continuously involved in the government of the town. He was asked to witness a very large number of local deeds between 1405 and 1430, and was frequently present at the election of Reading’s parliamentary burgesses. Indeed, in the years from 1413 to 1432 he attested no fewer than 12 indentures of return. In April 1432 he was one of the common council of 24 townspeople elected to negotiate in a dispute