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Carrington, William Thomas, educator, editor and public official, was born January 23, 1854, in Callaway County, Missouri. His father, William Carrington, who was a native of Kentucky, was born June 2, 1815, in Montgomery County, and emigrated to Missouri with his father in 1826, settling; in Callaway County. Mr. Carrington's grandfather, Randolph Carrington, was a native of Virginia and after emigrating to Missouri was a prominent citizen of Callaway County until his death in 1840. He was buried in the family burying ground, now the public cemetery of the town of Carrington, named after William T. Carrington's father.
The Carrington family of Virginia, from which the subject of this sketch descends, is very large and traces its ancestry back to General Paul Carrington, who served with distinction in the Revolutionary War. Mr. Carrington's mother's maiden name was Susan Fisher, and she also was a native of Callaway County. Her father was Thomas Fisher, and her mother's maiden name was Humphreys. Mr. Carrington was educated in Sugar Grove Academy and Westminster College at Fulton, and later took a course at Kirksville State Normal School. He commenced teaching in 1872 in the rural schools of Callaway County. He taught three winter schools, spending the remainder of the four years, from 1872 to 1876, in pursuing his studies at college. In 1876 he located at Piedmont, Wayne County, Missouri, where he remained two years teaching, and then spent one year at Arrow Rock, Missouri. He was next principal of the high school at Oak Ridge, Missouri, for two years, and was engaged for two years as superintendent of the public school of Cape Girardeau.
Abandoning teaching for a season, he removed to Jefferson City, where he accepted the position of chief clerk to the state superintendent of public schools. He remained there four years in this capacity, and then went to Springfield, Missouri, where he served as principal of the high school for five years. At the expiration of this engagement he was selected as superintendent of the public schools of Mexico, Missouri. After remaining at Mexico two years, he was induced to return to Springfield and take the principalship of the high school. This position he retained until December, 1898, when, having been elected State superintendent of public schools, he resigned. While chief clerk in the office of the State superintendent of public schools he founded the "Missouri School Journal," which rapidly attained an influential standing in educational circles. In 1888 he was elected president of the State Teachers' Association, of which he has not missed an annual meeting since 1874. When a boy, Superintendent Carrington had an experience of some years of roughing it in the woods, being engaged with his father in supplying railroad timbers and ties. This experience he regards as one of the most valuable of his life, as it gave him an insight into the character and worth of laboring men that has been invaluable to him. In politics he has always been a Democrat, but never sought or held public office until elected State superintendent of public schools, with the exception of holding the office of school commissioner of Cape Girardeau County from 1881 to 1883.
He is a member of the Christian Church—although raised a Cumberland Presbyterian—and is an active church worker and has held the position of deacon in his congregation. He is a member of the Masonic Lodge and also of the Order of Modern Woodmen. He was married in 1879 to Miss Mary Dillard Holloway, of Saline County, Missouri, daughter of John T. and Nannie (Batterton) Holloway. Her ancestors emigrated from Kentucky, and settled in Boone County, but her parents removed to Saline County, where her father was a prosperous farmer. Her grandfather on her mother's side was Lemuel Batterton, the founder of a large family in Boone County. Superintendent Carrington's father was for many years one of the most prominent citizens of Callaway County. He held the office of judge of the county court almost continuously for thirty years, from 1854 to 1884, and took a prominent part in bringing about a compromise in the celebrated bond case between the county and its bondholders. Superintendent Carrington, as an educator, has begun an educational campaign in favor of getting away from abstractions, formalities and authority, to more concrete presentations and to literature.

He places culture studies above formal studies, and it is believed that his administration will have a most wholesome effect, more especially on the rural and village schools of the State.
[Source: Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri Volume 1: Edited by Howard Louis Conard; Publ. 1901; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack.]

 

CARTER, Thomas Whitman, grain commission; born in Callaway Co., Mo., Feb. 28, 1849; son of Lemuel and Clarinda (Hisey) Carter ; educated at State University of Missouri; married, Mexico, Mo., Oct. 8, 1870, Mary Louise Lupton; children: Lemuel R., Clayton Le-Roy, Clara Louise (Mrs. John W. Higgins, of Worcester, Mass.), Thomas W., Jr. After leaving university taught school, farmed, and was county surveyor of Audrain Co., six years; civil engineer for two years; in mercantile business at Mexico, Mo., for several years; in grain business as member of firm of Carter & Hisey; came to St. Louis, 1881, was with Billingsley & Nanson (commission) two years; member of Fraley-Carter Commission Co., 1883-88, Carter & Bowman, 1888-98; since 1898 in business alone. Director Schultz Belting Co. Member St. Louis Merchants' Exchange. Episcopalian. Clubs: Commercial, St. Louis, St. Louis Country. Recreations: golf, fishing and hunting. Office: 313-316 Pierce Bldg. Residence: 5 Portland Pl.
(Source: The Book of St. Louisans, Publ. 1912. Transcribed by Charlotte Slater)

 

CRAIGHEAD, John Thomas, merchandise broker; born, Fulton, Calloway Co., Mo., Nov. 7, 1866; son of John Alexander and Elizabeth M. (Adair) Craighead; educated in country district school at Carrington, Mo., and Westminster College, Fulton, Mo.; married, St. Louis, Apr. 2i, 1892, Mary Elizabeth Dunville; two sons: Thomas Gorman, Norwood Dunville. Began business career as clerk with L. D. Farmer & Co., general merchandise, Cedar City, Mo., 1884-88; buyer Schweppe Grocery Co., St. Louis, 1888-91; since Nov. 1, 1891, in business under style of J. T. Craighead & Co., as merchandise broker, selling borax for Pacific Coast Borax Co. to wholesale drug trade, grocers, spice mills, grocers sundries manufacturers, etc.; handles baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, corn starch, tin cans, canned goods (canned meat, fish, vegetables and fruit), sugar, rice, molasses, dried and evaporated fruits, nuts, etc. Also director of J. 0. Grant Manufacturing Co., baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, etc. Member Missouri Horticultural Society. Democrat. Mason; Past Chancellor Knights of Pythias. Recreations: horticulture and architectural work. Champion pistol shot. Protestant. Office: 502 S. 7th St. Residence: Webster Groves, Mo.
(Source: The Book of St. Louisans, Publ. 1912. Transcribed by Charlotte Slater)

 

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