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Author: The History of Florida: Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol. III, pg. 86
Presented by Nancy Rayburn
CARTER, PAUL. A leading member of the legal fraternity of Jackson County,
PAUL CARTER has also served acceptably in positions of public trust and
responsibility, and was formerly mayor of his home city of Marianna. His
career has been one of honorable professional achievement and constructive
citizenship. Mr. CARTER was born August 28, 1882, at Elliott, Georgia, and is
a son of PAUL H. and MYRA P. (KENNEDY) CARTER, the former deceased. The
parents, natives of Georgia, moved to Florida in 1896, and here PAUL H. CARTER
was engaged in the turpentine business. He was active in all matters of
public import, and while a resident of Appling County, Georgia, served in the
capacity of county judge.
PAUL CARTER was given good educational advantages in his youth, first
attending the common school in the vicinity of his home in Appling County,
Georgia, and later the high school at Chipley, Washington County, Florida.
Subsequently he was sent to the Florida Seminary at Tallahassee, and after
pursuing the academic course in that institution enrolled as a student at the
John B. Stetson University, De Land, Florida, from which he was graduated with
his degree in 1906. To further his preparation he pursued a course at
Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., and also received the degree of
Bachelor of Laws therefrom. Mr. CARTER came to Marianna and engaged in the
practice of law August 1, 1908, and has continued to follow his profession to
the present, with increasing success. He is acknowledged to be a thorough
lawyer, with a comprehensive knowledge of the ethics and principles of his
calling, and is a close student, spending much of his time in research and
investigation. He has been the representative of important interests in much
of the litigation that has come before the Jackson County courts in recent
years, and has a large share of successes to his credit. He belongs to the
Jackson County Bar Association and the Florida State Bar Association.
Fraternally he is affiliated with the Masons and is a Knight Templar and a
Noble of the Mystic Shrine. Always interested in public matters, Mr. CARTER
has been the incumbent of several public offices, and served as mayor of
Marianna four times, being elected to that office first in 1911 and succeeding
himself by successive re-elections in 1912, 1913 and 1914. His administration
was one during which the city benefited greatly by improvements and proper
rule. During the World war period Mr. CARTER served as chairman of the Labor
Board of Jackson County, and in addition to discharging the duties of that
office filled out some 500 questionnaires for prospective soldiers.
On September 4, 1912, at Chipley, Mr. CARTER was united in marriage with
Miss MARY HORNE, a daughter of R. C. and KATE (BALTZELL) HORNE. Mr. and Mrs.
CARTER are parents of one daughter, MARY CATHERINE. He belongs to the Baptist
church, and Mrs. CARTER is an Episcopalian.
Mr. CARTER comes of good stock, being a grandson on his mother’s side of
ALLEN KENNEDY, a leading citizen of Bryan County, Georgia, while the Carters
came from Ehrhard, South Carolina. His paternal grandfather was PAUL CARTER,
of South Carolina, a member of the State legislature during the war between
the states, and a strong supporter of the Confederacy both before and during
that struggle. His wife was SUSAN, a cousin of the Hon. BEN TILLMAN.
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