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Canal engineer and cement manufacturer of Whitestown, Oneida County, N.Y.

Canvass White served in the War of 1812, made surveys on the Erie Canal, visited England to study canals, introduced hydraulic cement into the United States, manufactured cement, was president of the Cohoes Company, chief engineer of the Delaware Breakwater, the Delaware and Rariton Canal, the Enfield Falls Canal, the Louisville & Portland Canal, the Union Canal, and consulting engineer for the Chambly Canal, the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, the New York Waterworks, the Portsmouth & Lancaster Railroad, for improvements on the Union Canal, and for other engineering projects.