Rash's Surname Index
Notes for Hampton Lawrence CARSON
BIOGRAPHY: Hampton Lawrence Carson, son of Dr. Joseph and Mary (Hollingsworth) Carson, was born in Philadelphia, February 21, 1852. He graduated from the college department of the University of Pennsylvania, with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1871, and after a three years' course in the law department of the same institution, received in 1874 the degrees of Master of Arts and Bachelor of Laws, and was admitted to the Philadelphia Bar, April 4, 1874, where he soon took a prominent place. He has argued important cases in every branch of the United States Courts, and in the Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and a number of other states. He was prominently connected with the trial of various bank cases in the Federal Courts, one of which was the first of its kind to reach the Supreme Court of the United States, and has become a leading case. He was leading counsel before the Supreme Court of the United States in the Lone Wolf case, which involved the rights of Indian tribes in Oklahoma. He was special representative of the American Bar Association at the meeting of the English and French Bars, at Montreal in 1901, and was invited to speak before the Bench and Bar of England in London at the banquet to Labori, the French advocate who defended Dreyfus and Zola. He was appointed attorney-general of Pennsylvania by Governor Samuel W. Pennypacker, January 20, 1903, and served until January, 1907. Lafayette College conferred upon Mr. Carson the honorary degree of LL.D. in 1899, the Western University in 1904, and his Alma Mater, the University of Pennsylvania, in 1906, conferred upon him the same degree.
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