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 Cassius Carter, Sr

Cassius Carter, Sr

Virginia, USA
Death 1909 (aged 51–52)
San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
Burial San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
Plot Laurel Place
Memorial ID 100019240 · View Source
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"Drama is the noblest form of human expression. A people that has no love for great plays and good players will show itself to be lacking in social development, in humane politics and in intellectual and moral life." - Cassius Carter, 1905

The Old Globe Theatre's Cassius Carter Centre Stage in Balboa Park, San Diego was named for him.

"In a very rare degree Cassius Carter was a brave and honest soul. He was so brave that he could not help being honest; so honest that he could not help being brave. His opinions, seldom popular, were always sincere. . . . He thought his own thoughts, walked his own path, if he thought and walked alone. Not many men have the courage or the honesty to do it."--San Diego historian William E. Smythe

Date: Thursday, September 30, 1909
Paper: San Diego Union (San Diego, CA)

After an illness of several months Cassius Carter, former district attorney, and one of the best known citizens of San Diego county, died yesterday morning at Hearne hospital, where he had been under treatment for the last three weeks. His death was not unexpected, and when the end came he was attended by his wife and children.

Attorney Carter was a member of many San Diego organizations, and among the rank and file of the members was known and respected by all. His long public career in this city had brought him in touch with all classes and there were many expressions of sincere sorrow when the news of his dissolution became generally known.

Loss Felt by Elks
At the Elks' home where Attorney Carter was such a prime favorite among the resident and visiting members, his death was looked upon as a serious loss to that organization. At the Cuyamaca Club, where Attorney Carter was wont to dine at noontime and while away the hours after dinner, the man's death was equally regretted.
In political circles, where Attorney Carter was well known also, having successfully made the race for district attorney, his passing away was commented upon with regret, even by those who were his opponents in campaigns, for they had found him a fair rival and a man capable of waging a good fight.

Admitted to Bar in 1879
Attorney Carter was born in Prince William county, VA in 1857 he was admitted to the bar in Virginia, and immediately took up the practice of law, which was his profession throughout life. In 1883 Attorney Carter was married to Miss Ruth Birch. This union was blessed with five children who with the mother, survive the father and husband. The children are Cassius Carter, Jr., Marie Ruth, Grayson and Armistead.

For three years Attorney Carter practiced law in Virginia, when he moved to San Angelo, Texas, where he remained for four years. It was then that he moved to San Diego, 1886, where he has resided ever since.

Shakespearean Scholar
Besides being an Elk and an active member of the San Diego Bar association, Attorney Carter was a member of the Cuyamaca club and the Tuesday club. The latter is a literary society, in which Attorney Carter took seeming great delight, for he was a man of great literary attainments. He was considered one of the finest Shakespearean scholars, not only in this city, but in the state. He was a devoted admirer of the bard, and studied his writings with care and enjoyment that made him an authority upon Shakespearean lore.
The Cuyamaca club will, during its existence, stand as a monument so to speak of Attorney Carter for he was not only one of the charter members, but the man who actually conceived its creation and was largely instrumental in its organization. Since then he has been considered one of its most ardent supporters and admirers.

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