Biographical Sketch of Charles D. Carter

(See Carter and Riley) Charles D., son of Captain Benjamin Wisner and Serena J. (Guy) Carter, was born August 6, 1868. Married December 29, 1891 Ada Gertrude Wilson. She died January 19, 1901. They were the parents of: Estella LeFlore, Lena Cecil, Julia Josephine and Benjamin Wisner Carter.

Mr. Carter’s second wife was Mrs. Cecil Jones, nee Whittington.

Nathaniel Carter, a Virginian, came to the Cherokee Nation and married a Cherokee. Their son David was born in 1802. He married in 1829 Jennie, daughter of Richard and Diana (Campbell) Riley, born in 1807. He was clerk of the Council in 1839. Elected Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1842; he resigned that post and was elected Superintendent of Schools in 1843. Elected Editor of the Cherokee Advocate in 18-19 and Chief Justice of the Cherokee Nation in 1851, also a member of the board of directors of the Cherokee Seminaries in the same year. Elected a member of the Cherokee Senate (Committee) from Tahlequah District August 6, 1855. Elected Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1857. He died February 1, 1867 and Mrs. Carter died March 1, 1867.

Benjamin Wisner, son of David and Jennie (Riley) Carter was born January 5, 1837. Graduated from the Male Seminary in October 1856. He married Nannie Elliott and they had one son, John Elliott Carter. Mrs. Carter died and when the civil war began he joined Brewer’s company and later raised and was elected captain of a company. He married in 1865 Serena Josephine Guy, a member of one of the most distinguished Chickasaw families. After the civil war he made his home in the Chickasaw Nation where he was honored with practically every office except Chief, which could only be held by a native Chickasaw.

Charles D. Carter, son of Benjamin Wisner and Serena Josephine Carter has been a representative in Congress from Oklahoma since statehood.


Starr, Emmett. History of the Cherokee Indians and Their Legends and Folk Lore. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: The Warden Company. 1921

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