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William C. Carr Papers, 1804-1888

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Identifier: A0236

Title: William C. Carr Papers, 1804-1888


William C. Carr came to St. Louis in 1804. After remaining there a short time, he went to Ste. Genevieve, and lived there for a short time. He returned to St. Louis and made it his permanent home. He was a lawyer by profession. In 1826, he was appointed judge of the circuit court of five counties that extended to the Arkansas line. In 1832, he was charged with neglect of duty, incapacity and favoritism, and articles of impeachment were adopted by the legislature, but on the protracted trial that followed he was acquitted. In 1834, he resigned his judgeship and retired to private life. His first wife was Miss Ann Elliot, daughter of Aaron Elliot, and his second, Miss Dorcas Bent, daughter of Silas Bent, Sr. He died in 1851.

Collection contains letters from William Carr to his family from Ste. Genevieve describing his life there; letters to his family from St. Louis (mostly to Charles Carr); letters from Carr in Washington to his wife, Dorcas, in St. Louis, 1830-1832; letters describing his trial and proceedings to family and friends; and letters after 1851 to Mrs. Dorcas Carr from family and friends. Collection includes original letters, typed copies, and photocopies.

1 box

Cite as: William C. Carr Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

Rights: UND


Dates: 1804-1888

Type(s): Documentary Artifacts

Maker/Creator: Carr, William C., 1783-1851

Subjects: Trials


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