My Contribution: I served the Harrisburg community as a postal worker. I was a graduate of Howard University Law School and was involved in Harrisburg’s education circles. I was also an artistic leader in the city and directed and starred in the production of Hamlet.
My Legacy: I am remembered as an educational success story from Central High School, a dedicated postman, and a talented lawyer. I made a difference as a national ambassador for the causes of African American Democrats.
About Me: “W. Arthur Carter….a well-known jurist and graduate of Central High School…was a former Harrisburg boy….Mr. Carter had many friends in Harrisburg.” Harrisburg Telegraph, November 24, 1917
Full Name: W. Arthur Carter
Birth Date: January 1876
Death Date: November 22, 1917
Place of Birth: Maryland
Race: Black (1900 and 1910 Federal Censuses)
Places of Residence: 324 1/2 North Street and 141 Linden Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Connection to the Old Eighth Ward: Lived on North Street one block away from the Eighth Ward on North Street; knew a neighborhood through church and friends.
Family Members: Mother: Maggie A. Phillips. Stepfather: George W. Phillips. Wife: Maggie Quander Carter. Son: Harold Carter.
Education: Central High School, 1894; Howard University Law School graduate.
Occupations: Postal Worker. Attorney.
Church Membership: Wesley Union A.M.E. Zion Church
Activism: Colored Knights of Pythias; Elliott Association
Connections: Joseph Popel, Morris H. Layton, Jr., Steward Davis, Leslie Marshall, George Gaitor, William Marshall, Jr., Rev. William H. Marshall, Sr., Jessie Matthews, Harry Burrs, John P. Scott, Ida Brown, Charles Crampton, Henry Highland Summers, Luther Newman.