South Carolina Supreme Court Justices

Jesse Francis Carter
Date Born: September 12, 1873

 Date Died: November 5, 1943

Place Born: Near Lodge, SC

Place Buried: South End Cemetery in Bamberg, SC


Associate Justice 1927 - 1943

Jesse Francis Carter was born on September 12, 1873 near the small town of Lodge in Colleton County, SC, the son of Miles McMillan Carter and Janie Irene (Kinard) Carter. After his local education for grade school and classical school in Bamberg, SC, he attended Peabody College in Nashville, TN, graduating in 1900. He periodically worked as a teacher between periods of study. He graduated from the University of Nashville in 1903. He then received his law degree from the University of South Carolina in 1905. In 1908, he again took special post-graduate work in Chicago, IL.

After passing the SC bar, Jesse Francis Carter engaged in the general practice of law and established the firm of Carter, Carter & Kearse of Bamberg, SC. Carter was also one of the founders and President of the Home Building & Loan Association in Bamberg County.

Jesse Francis Carter also served as the Chairman of the Bamberg County Democratic Party for eleven (11) years, and during World War I, he served as Attorney for the Board of Bamberg County. Also during the war, he served on the State Council of Defense.

On October 3, 1911, Jesse Francis Carter married Lydia Belle Jenkins, daughter of Basil Manly Jenkins and Cornelia Elizabeth (Creech) Jenkins of Barnwell County, SC. They had three daughters.

In 1925, Jesse Francis Carter was first elected to represent Bamberg County in the SC Senate of the:
- 76th General Assembly that met from 1925 to 1926 - he replaced James Benjamin Black who died
- 77th General Assembly that met from 1927 to 1928

On January 26, 1927, Jesse Francis Carter was elected as an Associate Justice of the SC Supreme Court, replacing John Gates Stabler, who had been elected Chief Justice. He resigned from the SC Senate on February 14, 1927. He continued as an Associate Justice of the SC Supreme Court until his death.

On November 5, 1943, Jesse Francis Carter died, and he was buried in the South End Cemetery in Bamberg, SC.

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