HENRY G. CARTER, lawyer, Mound City, was born March 24, 1840, in Versailles, Woodford Co., Ky. His father, George W. Carter, was born at Versailles, Ky., January 19, 1819, and died March 2, 1877, in Mound City, Ill. In early life, he was a merchant in Versailles; was Sheriff of Woodford County, Ky., for twelve years, and during that time hung five men of whom three were colored. In June, 1856, he came to Mound City, and invested largely in stock of the old " Emporium " Real Estate and Manufacturing Company. The same year he removed to Champaign County, and there bought 640 acres of land and engaged in farming and stock-raising, stocking his farm with fine Durham cattle from Kentucky. In 1858, he returned to Mound City, Ill., and engaged in running the Mound City Hotel, and was also President of the Emporium Real Estate Company. About this time, he was a member of the City Council and County Commissioner. He met many ups and downs during his career, and at one time lost by security $22,000. His wife, and mother of our subject, was Rosana (Wallace) Carter, a native of Kentucky, and the mother of ten children, of whom five are now living. Henry G. Carter, our subject, was educated in Kentucky; in early life, was Deputy Sheriff of Woodford County, Ky., and taught school, and in the meantime studied law; he graduated in Louisville. Ky., in 1860. In the spring of 1861, he located permanently at Mound City, and engaged in the real estate business, and was manager of the Mound City Railroad for two years, and at the same time continued the practice of his profession. In 1863, he was elected City Attorney, an office he still retains. He was the last President of Emporium Company. In St. Louis, in 1871, he married Miss Maggie Brown, a native of Kentucky. She died in 1880, leaving the following children as the result of their union — Charlotte, born February, 1872; Harry, born December, 1874, and Frederick, born in August, 1875. He is a Knight of Honor and a Democrat.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 256.