Biography of John Carter


Carter, John, Buffalo, has attained a high position in business circles in the brief space of time that he has resided in the city of Buffalo. His thorough and practical knowledge in building and construction soon ranked him among the leaders in the contracting and building business. Mr. Carter springs from a family of masons and builders. His father, John Carter, was a mason, contractor and builder and his paternal ancestors have been masons and builders successively since 1628. His mother was Gordon Thompson, and many of her ancestors were also masons and builders. Mr. Carter was born at Castle Douglas, Scotland, January 8, 1844, and attended the schools of his native place until fourteen years old, when he had mastered the elementary studies, the first principles in mathematics, and some French and Latin. He then began to learn the trades of mason, stone cutting and building, and later spent two years in Glasgow, Scotland, studying architecture. He then returned home and continued in the building business with his father, and after his father's death he and his brother succeeded to the business, which they continued until 1881, when Mr. Carter left his brother there in the business and came to America, bringing his family with him. He first settled in Silver Creek, N. Y., where he was engaged with the Nickel Plate Railroad Company, having charge of their construction work until 1886, when he removed to Buffalo, and after a year's time was general superintendent for Green & Weeks (architects), with whom he remained for five years. He then entered into a copartnership with Henry Rumrill, jr., & Co., well known masons, builders and contractors, Mr. Carter taking full charge of the firm's many and large constructions, for which he is so eminently qualified. The firm has an office in the Builders' Exchange Building, and is a member of the Builders' Exchange of Buffalo. In politics Mr. Carter is an independent. He married in 1879 Annie Wilson McAdam, gteat-granddaughter of James McAdam, the inventor of the macadamized road as it is now more familiarly known. His family consists of five daughters and one son.

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The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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