CARLILE, John Snyder (1817-1878)

CARLILE, JOHN SNYDER, a Representative and a Senator from Virginia; born in Winchester, Va., on December 16, 1817; educated by his mother; clerked in a store and commenced business for himself in 1834; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1840 and commenced practice in Beverly, Va. (now West Virginia) in 1842; moved to Philippi and later to Clarksburg and continued the practice of law; member, State senate 1847-1851; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1850; elected as the candidate of the American Party to the Thirty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1855-March 3, 1857); delegate to the State secession convention in February 1861; elected as a Unionist to the Thirty-seventh Congress and served from March 4, 1861, until July 9, 1861, when he resigned to become Senator; elected as a Unionist to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the expulsion of Robert M.T. Hunter and served from July 9, 1861, to March 3, 1865; member of the convention that submitted the new State ordinance in August 1861; died in Clarksburg, Harrison County, W.Va., October 24, 1878; interment in Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1865-1866, 1904-1907. 8 items.

Pierpont Morgan Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1861, 1878. 2 items.

University of Rochester
Rush Rhees Library
Rochester, NY
Papers: 6 letters (1861-1862) in various collections. Finding aid.

University of Virginia
Alderman Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: 1861, 1862. 2 items.

Virginia Historical Society
Richmond, VA
Papers: Miscellaneous items in various collections.

West Virginia University
West Virginia and Regional History Collection
Morgantown, WV
Papers: Mentioned in 38-volume diary and memoir in Henri Jean Mugler papers, 1838-1899, on 3 microfilm reels; and correspondence concerning removal of Gen. William S. Rosecrans and more troops for the western Virginia theater in West Virginia statehood papers, 1861, on microfilm of originals at the Library of Congress.

  • No known books or articles.