CARTER, Charles David, (1868 - 1929)


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CARTER, Charles David, a Representative from Oklahoma; born near Boggy Depot, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), August 16, 1868; moved with his father to Mill Creek, a stage stand on the western frontier of the Chickasaw Nation, in April 1876; attended the Indian day schools and Chickasaw Manual Training Academy at Tishomingo; employed on a ranch from 1887 to 1889 and in a mercantile establishment in Ardmore, Okla., from 1889 to 1892; auditor of public accounts of the Chickasaw Nation 1892-1894; member of the Chickasaw Council in 1895; superintendent of schools of the Chickasaw Nation in 1897; appointed mining trustee of Indian Territory by President McKinley in November 1900 and served four years; secretary of the first Democratic executive committee of the proposed State of Oklahoma from June to December 1906; upon the admission of Oklahoma as a State into the Union was elected as a Democrat to the Sixtieth and to the nine succeeding Congresses and served from November 16, 1907, to March 3, 1927; chairman, Committee on Indian Affairs (Sixty-fifth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1926; member of the State highway commission 1927-1929; died in Ardmore, Okla., April 9, 1929; interment in Rose Hill Cemetery.