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Joseph L. Carter (1904-1991)
MSA SC 3520-14445
Judge, Baltimore City Supreme Bench, 1952-1974


Born Elkhart Mines, Allegheny County, Maryland, July 20, 1904.  Attended local public schools, including Beall High School, Frostburg, Maryland.  Graduated University of Maryland Law School, 1925.  Admitted to the Bar, November 26, 1926.  Married, Nellie I. Hilleary, 1936; two children, Joseph L. Carter, Jr., and Ann Hilleary Carter.  Died, Baltimore, Maryland, February 9, 1991.

Worked in legal department of Fidelity & Deposit Co. (later Fidelity Trust), 1926-1930.  Private practice, 1930-1932.  Assistant U.S. Attorney, 1932-1934.  Member, City Planning Commission, 1947-1948.  Chair, Republican State Central Committee, 1950-1952.  Unsuccessful candidate for Mayor of Baltimore, 1951.  Appointed to Supreme Bench of Baltimore City, 1952.  Noted for his harshness in sentencing.  Served until retirement, 1974.

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