Biography of William Lewis Carpenter


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Carpenter, William Lewis, was born in Dunkirk, Chautauqua county, N. Y., January 13. 1844. He was educated in the public schools; was a member of the 68th Regiment N. Y. State militia in 1860, afterward in the United States navy, and in 1864 enlisted in the 2d Regular Artillery, U. S. A., as private; was promoted to second lieutenant in 9th Regular Infantry, U. S. A., in December, 1873, was promoted to first lieutenant and to captain in 1887, which position he has held since; the service performed was in the far West among the Indians, until they arrived here. In 1878 he married Curtis A., daughter of Edgar Zell Steever of Washington, D. C., and they have one son, Marsh, born December 16, 1882. Capt. Carpenter's father, William Lewis Carpenter, was born at Batavia, Genesee county, N. Y., July 17, 1813. He was well educated in the schools of that day, and was editor apd proprietor of the Dun kirk Journal for many years. He married Frances Bristol of Fredonia, and they had three children: Mary E., Frances B. and William Lewis (as above). Both father and mother are now dead. The first known of the Carpenter family in the United States was one William, and his wife Abigail, who sailed on the ship Bevis, landing at Plymouth, Mass., in the year 1638. Captain Carpenter is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, also member of the Loyal Legion. and belongs to the Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. His ancestors were in the Colonial and Revolutionary wars, the war of 1812-15, and in the war of the Great Rebellion of 1861. He is a member of Dunkirk, N. Y., Lodge No. 767, A. & A. M.

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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1898

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