|Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court|
February 24, 1824 – January 8, 1837
April 27, 1773|
Goochland County, Virginia
|Died||January 8, 1837
|Alma mater||Hampden-Sydney College|
|Profession||Lawyer, writer, judge|
Carr was born at Spring Forest, a Goochland County, Virginia, plantation just three weeks before the death of his father, also named Dabney Carr, brother-in-law and close friend of Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson took an active role in the support and education of his nephew after his father's death. He attended Hampden-Sydney College and returned home to study law with William Wirt, who was just one year older. The two men remained friends for the rest of their lives. An extensive collection of their letters can be found in the Manuscripts Department, Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Carr started practice in Albemarle County and, in 1811, became Chancellor of the Winchester District. Using the pseudonym Obediah Squaretoes, Carr contributed an article to William Wirt's The Old Bachelor (1814). In 1824, he was elected a judge of the Supreme Court of Appeals and held this office until his death.
- John T. Kneebone et al., eds., Dictionary of Virginia Biography (Richmond, 2006), 3:27-28.
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