CARTER, Wm. J.
Back Up Next

CARTER, William Justin, attorney-at-law, Harrisburg, was born at Richmond, Va., May 28, 1866. He is a son of Edmund and Elizabeth Carter, both natives of Virginia and both residing in Caroline county, Va. He received his primary education in Richmond, and in 1878, with his parents, removed to Caroline county, and there attended the district public school. In 1883 he entered the Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institue, at Petersburg, attending the session of 1883-84. He then returned to Caroline county, and was a teacher in the public schools for two sessions. While engaged in teaching he studied privately, and in 1886 he entered Howard University, at Washington, D. C., and remained there four sessions, graduating with the class of 1890. In October, 1890, he entered the law department of this university, and graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Laws on the 30th of May, 1892, standing third in a class of thirty. He was licensed as an attorney and counselor-at-law by Chief Justice Lewis and Justice Fauntelroy, of the Supreme Court of Virginia, in the fall of 1892. Afterwards he removed to Anne Arundel county, Md., and was admitted to practice before the Circuit Court of that county, and the Supreme Court of Baltimore city, in 1892. For the two following years he practiced his profession at Annapolis, Md. On March 21, 1894, he was admitted to the Dauphin county bar, and began a general practice in the city of Harrisburg, in June of that year.

Mr. Carter was married at Annapolis, Md., February 17, 1894, to Elizabeth M. Allen, daughter of Rev. J. C. Allen, pastor of the First Baptist church, of Baltimare, Md., and Mary P. Allen. One child has been born to them, Harlan A., born November 25, 1894.

In political views Mr. Carter is a Republican. He is a member of Lincoln Memorial Congregational church, of Washington, D.C., and Mrs. Carter is a member of the Capitol Street Presbyterian church. Mr. Carter is a member of the Golden Rule Lodge, No. 1415, G. U. O. O. F., of Annapolis, Md. He is the first and only colored lawyer admitted to the Dauphin county bar.

[p 461 in orig; transcribed by Janice Frank <janiceaf@ix.netcom.com> ]