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Carter, William A. (William Alexander), 1818-1881



  • Existence: 1818 - 1881

Biographical History

William A. Carter (1818-1881) was a businessman and judge at Fort Bridger, Wyoming.

William Alexander Carter was born to Lucinda Washington Alexander and John Wormeley Carter on April 15, 1818, in Prince William County, Virginia. Around 1857 to 1858, William A. Carter came with Johnston's Army as a sutler, or storekeeper, to Fort Bridger, Wyoming. Carter and his wife, Mary Eliza Hamilton, had six children: Ada, Anna, Lulie, Roberta, William A. and Edgar. He stayed at Fort Bridger with his family rebuilding and restocking the fort. One of the region's early businessmen, Carter was involved in mining, oil, logging, and cattle ranching, and he also operated a sawmill. He raised hay and grain on the land surrounding the Fort to fill contracts with the government. Carter was soon known as Mr. Fort Bridger, and became Wyoming's first millionaire. In addition to his business activities Carter was justice of the peace and probate judge for Green River County. Carter died November 7, 1881.

FamilySearch, via WWW, Mar. 31 2017 (William Alexander Carter; b. Apr. 15 1818 in Prince William County, Virginia; d. Nov. 7 1881 at Ft. Bridger, Wyoming; m. Mary Eliza Hamilton 1848; nine children; parents Lucinda Washington Alexander and John Wormeley Carter)

Legends of America, via WWW, Mar. 31 2017 (Came to Fort Bridger with Johston's Army; Sutler; Mr. Fort Bridger; Wyoming's first millionaire; judge)

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

William A. Carter and John Sharp letter to Charles S. Kintzing

 Item — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233283925]
Identifier: Vault MSS 102
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and signed letter by William A. Sharp, dated October 18, 1864, addressed to Charles S. Kintzing of St. Louis, Missouri. William A. Carter writes about bank drafts written by John Sharp.

Dates: 1864 October 18

William A. Carter papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 490

This collection includes several personal and business letters between 1863 and 1925, and letters of condolence at the time of Carter's death in 1881. In addition there is an undated map of Fort Bridger detailing the water lines and buildings.

Dates: 1863-1925

William Alexander Carter receipt

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197232578622]
Identifier: MSS 8984
Content Description

A receipt for $8.75 from William Alexander Carter of Fort Bridger, Wyoming, paid "in full of account to date," signed by Williams Brothers, Morgan City, Utah, dated September 3, 1880.

Dates: 1880 September 3

Collection of William A. Carter materials, 1857-1925

Identifier: MSS SC 490 Series 2
Scope and Contents note

Series comprised of letters, news clippings, legal documents, a map, and diaries which give insight into William A. Carter, and Fort Bridger activities between 1857 and 1925.

Dates: Other: 1857-1925

William A. Carter correspondence, 1863-1879

Identifier: MSS SC 490 Series 1
Scope and Contents note Letters, written 1863 to 1879, describe Carter's business activities in regard to Fort Bridger and his several enterprises, and include descriptions of his interaction with U.S. government leaders, especially military officers. He mentions the events of the time, such as the Credit Mobilier investigation, and comments on the people he meets, including Ben Holladay and Ned Buntline. He includes much news of the family related activities, including his search for teachers to be hired for the...
Dates: Other: 1863-1879

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Collection 3
Archival Object 2
Correspondence 3
Fort Bridger (Wyo.) -- History 3
Maps 3
Material Types 3
Business, Industry, Labor, and Commerce 2