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The subject of this sketch was born in Jasper County, Missouri, July 11, 1843. His parents were Salathiel and Charity Cook Carter; the former died in 1871, but the latter still resides in this County. James was but nine years of age when he accompanied his parents in their removal from Jasper County to this County, of which he has been a resident ever since, growing to manhood and receiving his education here. In 1861 be enlisted for six months in the Missouri State Militia, and at the expiration of that time reenlisted and served until the close of the war. He began to farm for himself at the age of twenty-two, and as the result of his industry owns a valuable farm of 180 acres, all under cultivation.
Mr. Carter was united in marriage to Miss Amanda F. Rhinehart, daughter of E. R. Rhinehart, of Greene County, Iowa, on the 31st of August, 1865. The issue of this union was three children; namely, Charles A., Florence E. and Franklin. Mrs. Carter died May 28, 1876. On the 28th of February, 1878, Mr. Carter married Miss Mary R. Youtsey, daughter of A. S. Youtsey, of this County. By this marriage they have two children, Arthur, and an infant. Mr. and Mrs. Carter are members of the church, he of the Cumberland Presbyterian, and she of the Christian. They are highly respected citizens of the township.