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Carter, Memnon J. - 1849 - 1934

CARTER, JACKSON, HARVEY, BAKER

Posted By: Bill Waters (email)
Date: 10/20/2017 at 22:30:42

Memnon J. Carter was born in Waynesville, Warren County, Ohio, March 11, 1849, being a son of Mahlon G. and Mary (Jackson) Carter. The Carters were originally from England, and the mother of our subject was a highly esteemed Quaker lady of Pennsylvania. In July, 1856, Memnon removed with his parents in Winneshiek county, Iowa, where he obtained his early education. He worked on the farm with his father until the latter’s death in April, 1869, at which time he took upon himself the care of his invalid mother. That the trust was sacredly kept, the intimate friends of his family well know. In 1874 Mr. Carter removed to Ossian and began the study of law with G. L. Faust. After five months he accepted the office of deputy clerk of courts at Decorah. During this time he continued his law studies at night, under the tuition of Judge E. E. Cooley, and was admitted to the bar at the January, 1877, term of the circuit court by Judge C. T. Granger, then circuit judge, later judge of the Iowa Supreme Court. He was examined by L. Bullis, C. P. Brown and E. E. Cooley, committee, all deceased. In April, 1877, Mr. Carter commenced the practice of law in Ossian, where lie has continued for the past twenty-five years, in one office, conducting a successful business. He is the only democrat ever elected county attorney of Winneshiek County and he served in that office in 1891 and 1892. He is a member of the banking firm of Meyer, Carter & Figge, of Ossian; also a K. P., K. T., M. W. A., Shriner, Elk. B. P. O. E. He was presidential elector of the Fourth district on the Bryan ticket; sup¬porter of Judge Parker, and was defeated as a candidate for congress from the Fourth district in 1906. He was married April 4, 1878, to Miss Mattie Baker Harvey.

Source: The Courts and Legal Profession of Iowa, vol.2, by Chester C. Cole, 1907

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