David Kellogg Cartter

David Kellogg Cartter ( born June 22, 1812 Jefferson County, New York, † April 16, 1887 in Washington DC) was an American lawyer and politician. Between 1849 and 1853 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives; later he became a federal judge.


David Cartter attended preparatory schools. After a subsequent law studies in Rochester and his 1832 was admitted as a lawyer, he started to work there in his profession. Four years later he moved his residence and his law firm first to Akron and then to Massillon in Ohio. Politically, he joined then to the Democratic Party.

In the congressional elections of 1848 Cartter was elected in the 18th electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, where he became the successor of Samuel Lahm on March 4, 1849. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1853 two legislative sessions. This period was dominated by discussions on the issue of slavery. Among other things, introduced by U.S. Senator Henry Clay Compromise of 1850 was passed. Since 1851, Cartter was chairman of the Patent Committee.

In 1856 Cartter moved to Cleveland, where he practiced law. Politically, he joined the Republican Party. In May 1860 he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in part in Chicago, was nominated on the Abraham Lincoln as a presidential candidate. Between 1861 and 1862 he was the American ambassador in Bolivia. In 1863 David Cartter of President Lincoln was appointed Chief Judge of the Supreme Court of the Federal District District of Columbia. This office he held until his death on 16 April 1887 in Washington. He was buried in Cleveland.