Lewis C. Carpenter

Lewis Cass Carpenter ( born February 20, 1836 in Putnam, Connecticut; † 6 March 1908 in Denver, Colorado ) was an American politician. Between 1874 and 1875 he represented the state of South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Lewis Carpenter attended the public schools of his home. He later moved to New Jersey, where he worked as a teacher. In 1863 he was appointed inspector of schools of the State of New Jersey. In addition, Carpenter wrote repeatedly articles for various newspapers, including New York City. In 1864 he moved to Washington. There he worked for the Ministry of Finance. At the same time he studied at Columbian College, now George Washington University, Jura. After qualifying as a lawyer, he began to work in this profession. In Washington, he also worked as a newspaper correspondent.

1867, Carpenter to Charleston in South Carolina. There he became involved in the newspaper business by issuing two newspapers. Politically, he was a member of the Republican Party. Between 1868 and 1873 he worked on the staff of U.S. Senator William Alfred Buckingham of Connecticut. Following the resignation of Congressman Robert B. Elliott in 1874, Carpenter was selected in the third constituency of South Carolina as his successor in the U.S. House of Representatives. There he entered on November 3, 1874, its new mandate. Until March 3, 1875, he ended the legislative session begun by his predecessor in Congress. Then he was replaced by Solomon L. Hoge.

In 1876 Carpenter applied unsuccessfully to return to Congress. Two years later, he moved first to Denver and 1879 to Leadville, Colorado. He also worked in the newspaper business. In 1880 he directed the Census Bureau from Colorado. After that, he was until 1883 Postal Inspector. In the years 1883 to 1890 Carpenter has worked in the insurance industry. He then worked again as a lawyer. He died on March 6, 1908 in Denver and was also buried there.