Dabney Carr (1773-1837)

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-'''Dabney Carr''' (1773–1837) was the son of [[Thomas Jefferson]]’s sister [[Martha Jefferson Carr|Martha Jefferson]] (1746–1811) and his close friend [[Dabney Carr (1743–1773)]]. Following his father’s death, Carr spent a great deal of his early life at Monticello under the care of Jefferson. Prior to his departure for Europe in 1784, Jefferson entrusted Carr to the care of his friend, [[James Madison]], who enrolled the young man at Hampden-Sydney College. Carr attended the school from 1786 to 1789, but did not take a degree, instead entering the Reverend Matthew Maury’s boarding school in Albemarle County in 1790 to expand his knowledge of Greek and French. Three years later Carr decided to study law and Jefferson gave him full access to his library, suggesting numerous legal texts to him.<ref>Jefferson's readings suggestions to Carr can be found in his well-known letter of 19 August 1785, [[Short Title List|''PTJ'']] 8:405-408; press copy at the Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Papers: [http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/collections/jefferson_papers/ http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/collections/jefferson_papers/]</ref> Carr was admitted to the Virginia bar in 1796 and set up practice in Charlottesville. From 1801 to 1811 he served as commonwealth’s attorney for Albemarle County. In March 1811 Carr was appointed a state judge on an interim basis but he failed to win confirmation from the general assembly. He was appointed and confirmed as a judge of the new chancery court at Winchester in January 1812. In April 1825 Jefferson hoped to convince Carr to oversee instruction in law at the fledgling University of Virginia, but in February 1824, Carr had been elected a judge on the Virginia Court of Appeals and he served in that capacity until his death.+'''Dabney Carr''' (April 27, 1773–January 8, 1837) was the son of [[Thomas Jefferson]]’s sister [[Martha Jefferson Carr|Martha Jefferson]] (1746–1811) and his close friend [[Dabney Carr (1743–1773)]].<ref>For Carr's birth date, see "Register of St. James Northan [sic] Parish, Goochland County," [[Short Title List|''WMQ'']], 15, no. 2 (1906): 119.</ref> Following his father’s death, Carr spent a great deal of his early life at Monticello under the care of Jefferson. Prior to his departure for Europe in 1784, Jefferson entrusted Carr to the care of his friend, [[James Madison]], who enrolled the young man at Hampden-Sydney College. Carr attended the school from 1786 to 1789, but did not take a degree, instead entering the Reverend Matthew Maury’s boarding school in Albemarle County in 1790 to expand his knowledge of Greek and French. Three years later Carr decided to study law and Jefferson gave him full access to his library, suggesting numerous legal texts to him.<ref>Jefferson's reading suggestions to Carr can be found in his well-known letter of 19 August 1785, in [[Short Title List|''PTJ'']] 8:405-408; [http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=mtj1&fileName=mtj1page004.db&recNum=166 press copy] at the Library of Congress.</ref> Carr was admitted to the Virginia bar in 1796 and set up practice in Charlottesville. From 1801 to 1811 he served as commonwealth’s attorney for Albemarle County. Carr married a cousin, Elizabeth Carr, in June of 1802. In March 1811 Carr was appointed a state judge on an interim basis but he failed to win confirmation from the general assembly. He was appointed and confirmed as a judge of the new chancery court at Winchester in January 1812. In April 1825 Jefferson hoped to convince Carr to oversee instruction in law at the fledgling University of Virginia, but in February 1824, Carr had been elected a judge on the Virginia Court of Appeals and he served in that capacity for the rest of his life.<ref>See Jefferson to Carr, April 3, 1825 and Carr to Jefferson, April 30, 1825. Manuscripts available online from the [http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/collections/jefferson_papers/ Library of Congress].</ref> He died on January 8, 1837, and was buried in Shockoe Cemetery in Richmond.<ref>''Richmond Whig & Public Advertiser'', 10 January 1837.</ref>
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==Further Sources== ==Further Sources==
-*[[Short Title List| ''ANB'']]+*[[Short Title List| ''ANB'']].
-*[[Short Title List|''PTJ,'']] 9:520, 16:88–99, 24:578, 25:544+*"Biography of Dabney Carr." ''Southern Literary Messenger'' 4, no. 2(1838): 65-70. [http://name.umdl.umich.edu/acf2679.0004.002 Text available online].
-*[[Short Title List| ''DAB'']]+*[[Short Title List| ''DAB'']].
-*Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc. Family Letters Project: [http://familyletters.dataformat.com http://familyletters.dataformat.com]+*[[Short Title List|''PTJ,'']] 9:520, 16:88–99, 24:578, 25:544.
-*Thomas Jefferson to Dabney Carr, 3 April 1825 and Dabney Carr to Thomas Jefferson, 30 April 1825 (DLC: Thomas Jefferson Papers); ''Richmond Whig & Public Advertiser'', 10 January 1837. +*Stanard, W. G. "Library of Dabney Carr, 1773, with a Notice of the Carr Family." [[Short Title List|''VMHB'']] 2, no. 2 (1894): 221-8.
-*“Register of St. James Northan Parish, Goochland County” [[Short Title List|''WMQ'']], 1st. ser., 15 (1906): 119+*Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc. [http://www.monticello.org/papers/aboutflp.html Family Letters Project].
-*[[Short Title List|''VMHB'']] 2 (1894–95): 223+*Wirt, William. ''The Old Bachelor.'' Richmond, Va.: Ritchie & Lucas, 1814. Carr contributed an untitled essay to this collection under the pseudonym "Obadiah Squaretoes." [http://books.google.com/books?id=7oUhAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA48 Text available online].
 +* [http://tjportal.monticello.org/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?SAB1=dabney+carr&BOOL1=all+of+these&FLD1=Title%2C+Author+%26+Subject+%28TASS%29&GRP1=AND+with+next+set&SAB2=&BOOL2=all+of+these&FLD2=Keyword+Anywhere+%28GKEY%29&DB=local&SEQ=20080125123342&CNT=50&HIST=1 See Selected Sources in the Thomas Jefferson Portal]
[[Category:People|Carr, Dabney]] [[Category:People|Carr, Dabney]]

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Dabney Carr (April 27, 1773–January 8, 1837) was the son of Thomas Jefferson’s sister Martha Jefferson (1746–1811) and his close friend Dabney Carr (1743–1773).[1] Following his father’s death, Carr spent a great deal of his early life at Monticello under the care of Jefferson. Prior to his departure for Europe in 1784, Jefferson entrusted Carr to the care of his friend, James Madison, who enrolled the young man at Hampden-Sydney College. Carr attended the school from 1786 to 1789, but did not take a degree, instead entering the Reverend Matthew Maury’s boarding school in Albemarle County in 1790 to expand his knowledge of Greek and French. Three years later Carr decided to study law and Jefferson gave him full access to his library, suggesting numerous legal texts to him.[2] Carr was admitted to the Virginia bar in 1796 and set up practice in Charlottesville. From 1801 to 1811 he served as commonwealth’s attorney for Albemarle County. Carr married a cousin, Elizabeth Carr, in June of 1802. In March 1811 Carr was appointed a state judge on an interim basis but he failed to win confirmation from the general assembly. He was appointed and confirmed as a judge of the new chancery court at Winchester in January 1812. In April 1825 Jefferson hoped to convince Carr to oversee instruction in law at the fledgling University of Virginia, but in February 1824, Carr had been elected a judge on the Virginia Court of Appeals and he served in that capacity for the rest of his life.[3] He died on January 8, 1837, and was buried in Shockoe Cemetery in Richmond.[4]

Footnotes

  1. For Carr's birth date, see "Register of St. James Northan [sic] Parish, Goochland County," WMQ, 15, no. 2 (1906): 119.
  2. Jefferson's reading suggestions to Carr can be found in his well-known letter of 19 August 1785, in PTJ 8:405-408; press copy at the Library of Congress.
  3. See Jefferson to Carr, April 3, 1825 and Carr to Jefferson, April 30, 1825. Manuscripts available online from the Library of Congress.
  4. Richmond Whig & Public Advertiser, 10 January 1837.

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