David Kellogg Cartter

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David Kellogg Cartter
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 18th district
In office
March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1853
Preceded by Samuel Lahm
Succeeded by George Bliss
U.S. Minister Resident to Bolivia
In office
March 27, 1861 – March 10, 1862
Preceded by John Cotton Smith
Succeeded by Alen A. Hall
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
In office
March 11, 1863 – April 16, 1887
Preceded by new seat
Succeeded by Edward Franklin Bingham
Personal details
Born (1812-06-22)June 22, 1812
Jefferson County, New York
Died April 16, 1887(1887-04-16) (aged 74)
Washington, D.C.
Resting place Lake View Cemetery
Political party Democratic

David Kellogg Cartter (June 22, 1812 – April 16, 1887) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio, and later a diplomat and federal judge.

Born in Jefferson County, New York, Cartter pursued preparatory studies, reading law in Rochester, New York and being admitted to the bar there in 1832. He commenced private practice in Rochester, moving four years later to Akron, Ohio, and then to Massillon, Ohio, where he continued the practice of law.

Cartter was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-first and Thirty-second Congresses (March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1853). He served as chairman of the Committee on Patents (Thirty-second Congress).

He moved to Cleveland, Ohio, in 1856 and continued his law practice. He served as delegate to the 1860 Republican National Convention, and served as spokesman for the Ohio delegation as it cast the votes to clinch the nomination of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln, as President, appointed Cartter to be United States Minister to Bolivia, for which he served from March 27, 1861, to March 10, 1862.

On March 10, 1863, President Lincoln nominated Cartter as Chief Justice of the newly established Supreme Court of the District of Columbia (which would later become the United States District Court for the District of Columbia), created by 12 Stat. 762. Cartter was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 11, 1863, and received his commission the same day. He served thereafter until his death, in 1887, in Washington, D.C.. He was interred in Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio.



Wikisource-logo.svg Wilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1900). "Cartter, David Kellogg". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.