William Blount Carter

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William Blount Carter (October 22, 1792 – April 17, 1848) was an American politician who represented Tennessee's first district in the United States House of Representatives.

William Blount Carter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1835 – March 3, 1841
Preceded byJohn Blair
Succeeded byThomas D. Arnold
Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives
Member of the Tennessee Senate
Personal details
BornOctober 22, 1792
Elizabethton, Tennessee
DiedApril 17, 1848 (aged 55)
Elizabethton, Tennessee
Political partyWhig
RelationsSamuel P. Carter (nephew)
Nathaniel G. Taylor (nephew)
Professionsoldier, politician


Carter was born in Elizabethton, Tennessee on October 22, 1792. He attended the public schools and served as a colonel in the United States Army during the War of 1812.


Carter served as a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives and he served in the Tennessee Senate. He was a delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1834 and served as its presiding officer.[1]

Carter was elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-fourth United States Congress and as a Whig to the Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Congresses. He served as a U.S. Representative from March 4, 1835 to March 3, 1841.[2]


Carter died in Elizabethton, Tennessee on April 17, 1848 (age 55 years, 178 days). He is interred at the Carter Cemetery at Elizabethton.[3]


Carter was an uncle of General Samuel P. Carter and Congressman Nathaniel Green Taylor. Another nephew, also named William Blount Carter (1820–1902), was a prominent Southern Unionist and mastermind of the East Tennessee bridge burnings during the Civil War.[4]


  1. ^ "William Blount Carter". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  2. ^ "William Blount Carter". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  3. ^ "William Blount Carter". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  4. ^ Oliver Perry Temple, Mary Boyce Temple (ed.), "William Blount Carter," Notable Men of Tennessee (Cosmopolitan Press, 1912), pp. 88-89.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by