Charles D. Carter

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Charles Carter
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1915 – March 3, 1927
Preceded byJames S. Davenport
Succeeded byWilburn Cartwright
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 4th district
In office
November 16, 1907 – March 3, 1915
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byWilliam H. Murray
Personal details
Charles David Carter

(1868-08-16)August 16, 1868
Boggy Depot, Indian Territory, U.S. (now Oklahoma)
DiedApril 9, 1929(1929-04-09) (aged 60)
Ardmore, Oklahoma, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Ada Wilson
Cecile Whittington Jones

Charles David Carter (August 16, 1868 in Chickasaw – April 9, 1929) was a Native American politician elected as U.S. Representative from Oklahoma, serving from 1907 to 1927. During this period, he also served as Mining Trustee for Indian Territory, 1900–1904, appointed by President William McKinley.

Carter had earlier served as auditor for the Chickasaw Nation and was elected to the Chickasaw Council. He also served as superintendent of Chickasaw Schools.


Born near Boggy Depot, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), Carter moved with his father to Mill Creek, a stage stand on the western frontier of the Chickasaw Nation, in April 1876. Carter was of Chickasaw and Cherokee descent.[1] He attended the Indian day schools and Chickasaw Manual Training Academy at Tishomingo.

He was employed on a ranch from 1887 to 1889 and in a mercantile establishment in Ardmore, Oklahoma, from 1889 to 1892. He married Ada Gertrude Wilson on December 29, 1891 and they had four children, Stella LeFlore, Italy Cecil, Julia Josephine, and Benjamin Wisnor Carter, Jr. After Ada's death on January 30, 1901, he married Cecile Whittington Jones on January 8, 1911.[2]

Public service[edit]

Carter served as auditor of public accounts of the Chickasaw Nation 1892-1894, a member of the Chickasaw Council in 1895, then superintendent of schools of the Chickasaw Nation in 1897. He was appointed mining trustee of Indian Territory by President William McKinley in November 1900 and served four years.[3]

Carter was Secretary of the first Democratic executive committee of the proposed State of Oklahoma from June to December 1906. Upon the admission of Oklahoma as a State into the Union, he was elected as a Democrat to the Sixtieth and to the nine succeeding Congresses, serving from November 16, 1907, to March 4, 1927.[4]

Carter served as chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs (Sixty-fifth Congress). He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1926. He was appointed to the State highway commission, serving 1927-1929.


Carter died in Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma, on April 9, 1929. He is interred at Rose Hill Cemetery in Ardmore.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lee, M. J. "7 pols with Native American heritage." Politico. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Charles D. Carter". Lawrence Stanley Family Genealogy. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Charles D. Carter". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Charles D. Carter". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Charles D. Carter". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 24 May 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
New constituency Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
William H. Murray
Preceded by
James S. Davenport
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Wilburn Cartwright
Preceded by
John Hall Stephens
Chair of the House Indian Affairs Committee
Succeeded by
Homer P. Snyder