James Springer White (August 4, 1821 – August 6, 1881), for whom the James White Library is named, was an organizer, publicist, writer and editor, preacher, and intense searcher of the Bible. He was a founder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1863 and also of Battle Creek College, now Andrews University, in 1874. In 1850 White established and became first editor of the Second Advent Review and Sabbath Herald , which became the general church paper of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and is still being published under the name Adventist Review . He also served several times as president of the fledgling General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

The dedicatory plaque on the front of the James White Library says, "His faith, resourcefulness and energy, his arduous labor and fidelity to the revealed will of God activated the youth of his day and left a rich legacy of enduring leardership to succeeding generations."

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Biographical presentations on the life and legacy of James Springer White.

Ellen G. White and James White, circa 1857
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The paper which James White initially started, "The Present Truth", was combined with another periodical called the "Advent Review" in 1850 to become the "Second Advent Review and Sabbath Herald", still published as the "Advent Review" today. This periodical became the main source of communication for the Sabbatarian Adventist movement regarding points of doctrine and organization. It also became a venue for James and Ellen White to quickly and efficiently share their views to like-minded believers. James White served as editor of the periodical until 1851 when he invited Uriah Smith to become editor. He played a senior role in the management of church publications as president of the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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