an assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the
Roosevelt administration, appeared before HUAC
on August 13, 1948 to deny
charge that he had been a spy.
the hearing, White asked for time to rest during
his testimony, saying he had a weak heart. The
committee denied his request. White died three
White was still alive, Whittaker Chambers named
him as an underground communist contact, but
did not accuse him of espionage. In November
Chambers turned over to the government several
sheets of yellow legal paper in White's handwriting,
saying they had been given to him by White and
subsequently stored in Nathan
Levine's dumbwaiter for ten years along
with documents he had gotten from Alger Hiss.
No proof was ever offered that White actually
gave the sheets to Chambers. The defense believed
that Chambers or a confederate took the pages
from White's desk or trash container.
also claimed (after White's death) that he and
Hiss made a trip to Peterborough, New Hampshire
in 1937 to visit White. Hiss's attorneys were
able to cast doubt on that story. See entries
for Lucy Davis
and J. Kellogg-Smith
for more on the trip.