Bedford County TN Biographies


City, judge of Shelbyville, was born near Greenville, Greene County, on the 16th of July 1876, a son of William Brownlow and Madora (Pope) Carter. His father was born in this state and was a prominent farmer of eastern Tennessee. The mother was a native of S.C. her birth having occurred near Spartanburg. She came to TN with her parents at the age of eight years.

Granville received his early education in the public schools of Greene and Sullivan counties and after putting his textbooks aside accepted a position with the Huntsville Railroad Light and Power Company. He entered the employ of that company in a minor capacity and his close application to the thing at hand and innate ability won for him consistent promotion. He held various positions until he was appointed superintendent in 1902. He was active in that important capacity eight years and then resigned and came to Bedford County. He engaged in Stock Raising and is still active in this connection. In September 1919, he was elected to the office of city judge of Shelbyville and as reelected by the board in August 1921. He is a most popular and efficient public official.

On the 12th of June 1902, was celebrated the marriage of Judge Carter and Virginia Lee Snell and to their union three children have been born; Alice Madors, Elizabeth and Granville Thomas Jr.

The political allegiance of Judge Carter has been given to the democratic party since age conferred upon him the right to franchise. His religious faith is Baptist and to the support of which he is a generous contributor. Fraternally he identified with the Junior Order of the United American Mechanics and the Woodman of the World. During the World War the judge was very active in war work. He was chairman of the War Savings and Thrift Committees for the 12th Dist. of Bedford County.

Source: Tennessee the Volunteer State Vol 4

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