Luther C. Carter

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Luther C. Carter
Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on the District of Columbia
In office
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1859 – March 3, 1861
Preceded byJohn A. Searing
Succeeded byEdward H. Smith
Personal details
Born(1805-02-25)February 25, 1805
Bethel, Maine
DiedJanuary 3, 1875(1875-01-03) (aged 69)
New York City, New York
Resting placeGreen-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Mary L. Converse (m. 1829)

Luther Cullen Carter (February 25, 1805 – January 3, 1875) was a U.S. Representative from New York.

Carter was born in Bethel, Maine on February 25, 1805, the son of Dr. Timothy Carter and Frances "Fanny" (Freeland) Carter. He was educated in Maine, and a business and mercantile career in Saco. At age 20, he moved to New York City, where he continued his business career and served as president of the Market Savings Bank.

In addition to his business career, Carter served as a member of the Board of Education of New York City for several years beginning in 1853. He later moved to Long Island City, where he lived in semi-retirement as a gentleman farmer.

Carter was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1859 – March 3, 1861). He served as chairman of the Committee on the District of Columbia (Thirty-sixth Congress). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1860 to the Thirty-seventh Congress.

Death and burial[edit]

He died in New York City January 3, 1875. He was interred in Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery, Section 113, Lot 18623.


On September 29, 1829, Carter married Mary L. Converse (d. 1882) of Palmer, Massachusetts.

Carter's siblings included Timothy J. Carter, who also served in Congress.


  • United States Congress. "Luther C. Carter (id: C000198)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Luther C. Carter at Find a Grave
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John A. Searing
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Edward H. Smith

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website