Origins of Marshal Fred White (c 1849 - 1880)?

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Can WikiTree uncover something it appears no one else has in discovering the origins (or in fact anything whatsoever prior to 1880) about Marshal Fred White who was (accidentally?) shot 28 Oct 1880 in Tombstone, Arizona? He died two days later.

Scanning for several hours today I have yet to find a single source with any information regarding Fred White prior to his election as City Marshal of Tombstone on 6 Jan 1880. He was 31 years of age and it seems unlikely he would have been elected to the post without some prior experience in law enforcement or on the range. Wyatt Earp was at that time undersheriff for the southern part of Pima County.

The 1880 US Census records his birth as about 1849 in New York (not New York City as reads Wikipedia). For place of birth of parents he simply reported "US." In reading dozens of articles or entries for him I have not found anything that dates prior to his election as City Marshal of Tombstone.

(Yes, the current profile bio is a cut and paste from Wikipedia, it is on the list of project profiles to be rewritten.)
WikiTree profile: Fred White
in Genealogy Help by T Stanton G2G6 Pilot (133k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith
Tucson newspapers dated Nov 21 and 22 of 1879 carry mention of his nomination to run for Marshal of Tombstone.
The problem is that he was a White.  I have a lot of Whites, and they are as annoying to research as my Smiths, Mullens, Thompsons, and Taylors.  Good luck.

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