David Williamson Carroll

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David Williamson Carroll (born March 11, 1816 in Baltimore , Maryland , † June 24, 1905 in Little Rock , Arkansas ) was an American lawyer and politician . He also served as an officer in the Confederate Army .


David Williamson Carroll, third child and eldest son of Henrietta and William Carroll, was born about a year after the end of the British-American War . His mother was the daughter of David Williamson, a major Baltimore dealer. David Williamson Carroll was a direct descendant of Daniel Carroll, who immigrated from Ireland to the American colonies in 1700 . He arrived in Maryland by ship and then settled in Upper Marlboro ( Prince George's County ). His son, Daniel Carroll (1730-1796), the great-grandfather of David Williamson Carroll, represented Maryland as a delegate in Philadelphia , where he led the United States Constitution mitformulierte and these co-signed . David Williamson Carroll was also the great-great-nephew of Reverend John Carroll (1735-1815), the first Catholic bishop of Baltimore and the American colonies.

David Williamson Carroll spent his youth in and around Baltimore, where he received extensive training in the city's schools and at the local St. Mary's College . At the age of 20, in 1836, he left Maryland and went southwest to the Arkansas Territory to make his fortune. He settled in Little Rock ( Pulaski County ), on the then border with civilization. In the same year, Arkansas became a state and accepted into the Union. Carroll worked for several years as a deputy clerk at the Arkansas Federal District Court, located in Little Rock.

On February 11, 1838, he married Mary Melanie Scull (1820–1869), daughter of Hewes Scull, a trader and long-time resident of Arkansas. The couple had at least two children together: Andrew B. (1849-1904) and Felice (1854-1882). The following years were overshadowed by the economic crisis of 1837 .

Carroll began studying law in 1846 . He was admitted to the bar in 1847. He immediately began practicing in Little Rock. His student days were overshadowed by the Mexican-American War . In 1850 he was a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives . Carroll was elected prosecuting attorney in the 10th District of Arkansas in 1860 - a post he held well into the first year of the Civil War .

He was on the southern side . In early 1862 he raised a regiment , the 18th  Arkansas Infantry , of which he became a colonel . He served there until August 1862. At that time, he gave back his officer license because of a protracted illness that prevented him from active service. In 1864 he was elected to the second Confederate Congress to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Augustus Hill Garland (1832-1899) on November 8, 1864. Carroll took up his post on January 11, 1865 and held this post until the end of the Confederation.

After the end of the war he moved to Pine Bluff, Arkansas, where he resumed his practice as a lawyer. In 1866 he was elected judge in Jefferson County . Carroll held this post until his dismissal in 1868, which was carried out by the military authorities during the reconstruction period . He was very successful in his job. But since he was considered an outlaw by the US Congress , he did not vote or held any public office until the pardon announcement by President Andrew Johnson (1808-1875). Carroll was elected Chancellor at Pulaski Chancery Court in 1878 , then a state office to which one was only elected by state election. Until 1886 he was re-elected to office every two years. At that time the legislature decided to create the first chancery district and to give the governor the power to fill the judge's post by appointment. The Governor Simon Pollard Hughes (1830-1906) then appointed him for a sixteen-year term to the Chancellor. Carroll died on June 24, 1905 in Little Rock and was buried there in Calvary Cemetery .

He was a devoted supporter of the Roman Catholic Church and took communion in the same church for more than 50 years.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Mary Melanie Scull Carroll in the Find a Grave database . Retrieved January 23, 2015.
  2. Andrew B. Carroll in the Find a Grave database . Retrieved January 23, 2015.
  3. Felice Carroll in the Find a Grave database . Retrieved January 23, 2015.

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