Ohio History Journal

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Naming the oldest son David Kellogg has been a

custom of the Cartter family for five generations. The

second David Kellogg Cartter was born in Jefferson

County, New York, June 22, 1812, four days after the

declaration of war on the part of the United States

against England. He was the son of David K. Cartter,

a prominent and well-to-do carpenter, and Elizabeth

Hollister Cartter.

The father died when David was ten years old, and

in consequence he chose to learn the printer's trade. He

was apprenticed to Thurlow Weed, a Rochester printer.

Because he was not tall enough to reach the case, he

stood on a typebox to learn the boxes in the printing

case. During the two years he remained with Mr.

Weed, he saved money that enabled him to enter a

classical school in Rochester where he learned to read

Latin. After two years in the school he was compelled

to leave because of lack of funds. He then entered the

Rochester law office of Ebenezer Griffin and E. Darrow

Smith. He was admitted to the bar in 1832.

In 1846 Judge Cartter moved to Akron, Ohio, and

was admitted to the Ohio bar. He pursued his profes-

sion in Akron until 1848 when he was elected to Con-

gress as a Democrat from the eighteenth Ohio district,

composed of Stark, Wayne, and part of Ashland coun-