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Mini Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (C)
Carter, Orrin N.


1854- Justice of the State Supreme Court. Born Jefferson Co. NY; son of Benajah Carter who sailed on the great lakes and died when Orrin was less than 2 years old and Isabel Cole. He worked his way through Wheaton College and graduated with the A.B. degree in 1877. He studied law in Chicago with Judge M.F. Tuley and General I. N. Stiles as his preceptors. He taught from 1880-2. Married in Morris, IL 1881 Nettie J. Steven. children: Allan J., Ruth G. He was admitted to the bar in 1880 and practiced at Morris for about 8 years. He served as states attorney for Grundy county from 1883-88 conducting some important criminal trials, notably the prosecution of Henry Schwartz and Newton Watt for the murder of Kellogg Nichols, an express messenger while on duty in his car on the Rock Island Railroad. Both men were convicted and sentenced to life. From 1892-1894 he was general attorney for the sanitary district in Chicago. In 1894, he was elected county judge of Cook County and has been twice reelected. He resides with his family in Evanston. Mem Union League Club, Congregational club and Hamilton Club.

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