Quoted from McCabe's "Biographical Dictionary of Modern Rationalists."
"White, Professor Andrew Dickson, M.A., LL.D., Ph.D., L.H.D., D.C.L., American diplomatist and writer. B. Nov. 7, 1832. Ed. Yale University, the Sorbonne and College de France, and Berlin and Jena Universities. White had a brilliant scholastic career. At Yale, where he graduated in arts, he won the literature and De Forest gold medals and the first Clark Prize . He then had a post-graduate course at Paris and in Germany, graduating in philosophy at Jena. Five universities later conferred on him the degree of LL.D., and his D.C.L. is from Oxford University. He entered the diplomatic world in 1854 as attache at St. Petersburg, but in 1857 he was appointed professor of history and English literature at Michigan University.
In 1863 he was elected State-Senator, and for several years he did most important work for the educational system of America. In 1866 he was chosen first President of Cornell University, and he at the same time occupied the chair of modern history there. He gave $300,000 to Cornell University, and later presented it with a library of 40,000 volumes. In 1871 he was appointed United States Commissioner to Santo Domingo. He was Chairman of the Jury of Public Instruction at the Philadelphia Exposition in 1876, and Honorary Commissioner for the United States at the Paris Exhibition 1878. From 1879 to 1881 he was the American minister to Germany; from 1892 to 1894 minister to St . Petersburg; in 1895–96 member of the Venezuelan Commission; from 1897 to 1903 again minister at Berlin, and President of the American delegation at the Hague Conference. He was a Trustee of Cornell University and the Carnegie Institution, Regent of the Smithsonian Institution, Officer of the Legion of Honour, Gold Medallist of the Prussian Arts and Sciences, honorary member of the Royal Academy of Sciences of Berlin, President of the American Historical Society and the American Social Science Association, and honorary member of the Berlin Royal Academy of Sciences. Coming from one of the most distinguished of Americans, Professor White's "History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom" (1876), with its stern and learned indictment of the Churches, was particularly painful to the orthodox and proportionately helpful to Rationalism. It was translated into many languages. In his Autobiography (1905) Professor White returns to the subject. He is a Theist, and is anxious for the purification, not destruction, of Christianity; but he entirely rejects its dogmas, and apparently disbelieves in personal immortality. In "Seven Great Statesmen in the Warfare of Humanity with Unreason" (1910) he does not deal specifically with the Rationalist controversy, but he incidentally reviews his position. His other works are historical and educational. He was for some years an Honorary Associate of the Rationalist Press Association. D. Nov. 4, 1918."