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Lee C. White

Lee C. White
Lee White speaks with President Lyndon B. Johnson at the White House in Washington, D.C. on March 28, 1968.
Born Lee Calvin White
(1923-09-01)September 1, 1923
Omaha, Nebraska
Died October 31, 2013(2013-10-31) (aged 90)
Bethesda, Maryland
Nationality American
Known for Assistant Special Counsel to President Kennedy and President Johnson

Lee Calvin White (September 1, 1923 - October 31, 2013) was an advisor to both President Kennedy and Johnson, most notably on civil rights matters.[1]


  • Biography 1
  • In popular culture 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


After studying electrical engineering and then law at the University of Nebraska, he worked as an attorney for the Tennessee Valley Authority. From 1954 to 1957, and then from 1958 to 1961, he was assistant to Senator John F. Kennedy. From 1961 to 1963 he was Assistant Special Counsel to President Kennedy. From 1963 to 1966 he was Associate Special Counsel, and then Special Counsel, to President Johnson.[2] From 1966 to 1969 he was Chairman of the Federal Power Commission.[1][3]

According to historian Robert Dallek, although he was "not overtly or dramatically evident as a public figure, he worked behind the scenes in an effective way to deliver on executive reforms or actions." He was instrumental in pushing through Congress the Voting Rights Act of 1965.[2][4]

In popular culture

In the 2014 film Selma, he was played by Giovanni Ribisi.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Biographical Profiles: Lee C. White". John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Retrieved 2015-02-24. 
  2. ^ a b "Office Files of Lee C. White". LBJ Presidential Library. Retrieved 2015-02-26. 
  3. ^ "Office Files of Lee C. White, Biographical Note". LBJ Presidential Library. Retrieved 2015-02-26. 
  4. ^ Bernstein, Adam (2 November 2013). "Lee C. White, trusted adviser to Kennedy and Johnson on crucial civil rights strategies, dies". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2015-02-24. 
  5. ^ Kroll, Justin (June 12, 2014). "Giovanni Ribisi to Play Presidential Adviser Lee C. White in ‘Selma’ (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved February 25, 2015. 

External links

  • "The LBJ Library remembers Lee C. White". LBJ Presidential Library. October 31, 2013. Retrieved February 25, 2015. 
  • Petersen, Stacey. "Transcript of interview with Lee C. White". U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Retrieved February 25, 2015. 
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