William A. Carter correspondence

William A. Carter correspondence

Dates: 1863-1879

Letters, written 1863 to 1879, describe Carter's business activities in regard to Fort Bridger and his several enterprises, and include descriptions of his interaction with U.S. government leaders, especially military officers. He mentions the events of the time, such as the Credit Mobilier investigation, and comments on the people he meets, including Ben Holladay and Ned Buntline. He includes much news of the family related activities, including his search for teachers to be hired for the school at Fort Bridger. He frequently expresses tender personal feelings for his wife.

  • Extent: 2 folders
  • Creator: Carter, William A. (William Alexander), 1818-1881
  • Call Number: MSS SC 490 Series 1
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Preferred Citation
William A. Carter correspondence; MSS SC 490; William A. Carter papers; L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
Other Finding Aids
Folder-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSSSC490.xml
Subject Terms
Hoyt, John Wesley, 1831-1912
Genre / Form
Letters
Finding Aid ID Number
UPB_MSSSC490
Finding Aid Title
Carter (William A.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Dennis Rowley
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-11-10T04:03-0700
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid encoded in English.
Sponsor
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008; National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Western Waters (WWDL)Grant, 2007-2010
Biographical Info:

Biographical/Historical note

William A. Carter was born April 15, 1818 in Virginia. Around 1857 to 1858 William A. Carter came with Johnston's Army as a sutler or storekeeper to Fort Bridger, Wyoming. Carter and his wife, Mary E. Carter, had six children: Ada, Anna, Lulie, Roberta, William A. and Edgar. He stayed at Fort Bridger with his family rebuilding and restocking the fort. One of the region's early businessmen, Carter was involved in mining, oil, logging, and cattle ranching, and he also operated a sawmill. He raised hay and grain on the land surrounding the Fort to fill contracts with the government. Carter was soon known as Mr. Fort Bridger, and became Wyoming's first millionaire. In addition to his business activities Carter was justice of the peace and probate judge for Green River County.



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