He graduated from Cornell Law School, and was admitted to the bar in 1886. He was District Attorney of Yates County from 1889 to 1893, and Chief Examiner of the State Civil Service Commission from 1893 to 1896. He was a delegate to the 1904 and 1912 Democratic National Conventions.
He was New York Attorney General from 1911 to 1914, elected in 1910 and 1912. In 1913, he got involved in a controversy with zoo director William Temple Hornaday over the Federal Migratory Bird law which in Carmody's opinion was unconstitutional. On July 20, 1914, he announced his and First Deputy Attorney General Joseph A. Kellogg's resignation to take effect on September 1, and their intention to open a law firm with State Senator George A. Blauvelt at 61 Broadway in New York City.
- The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians: Carmicle to Carnevale at politicalgraveyard.com Political Graveyard
-  The bird law controversy, in NYT on December 22, 1913
-  The announcement of resignation, in NYT on July 21, 1914
-  Obit notice in NYT on January 23, 1922
Edward R. O'Malley
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