political biographies – Carleton, John Louis

Carleton, John Louis (Hon.)
1861 – 1936

Judge County Court
Carleton-Victoria-Madawaska

Born, October 1st, 18617, at St. John, N.B. Of Irish ancestry. Son of William Carleton, Customs Service, and his wife, Bridget O’Connor, both of Irish ancestry.

Educated at the Pubic School, and at the School of the Christian Bros., St. John, N.B. Studied law in the offices of Weldon & McLean, and later in the offices of Allen & Chandler. Admitted to the Bar of N.B. as an Attorney, October, 1882, and as a Barrister, 1893.

Located at St. John, N.B. and successfully engaged in the practice of his profession. In 1886 was appointed Referee in Equity, and subsequently Reporter for the Supreme Court of N.B. Created a Q.C. in 1899. Was a member of several fraternal and benevolent societies.

Married,(1st), Sept. 22, 1866, to Miss Theresa Gertrude, daughter of Peter Sharkey, St. John, N.B. Family of two daughters. She died December 4th, 1908.

Married (2nd), Sept. 7th, 1911, to Miss Anna Josepha, Daughter of Joseph McKean, Esq., richmond, Carleton Co., N.B. No Family.

Unsucessfully contested Saint John City for the House of Assembly at the G.E. of October 22nd, 1892, as a Liberal candidate.

On Feb. 26th, 1904, he was appointed County Court Judge for the District comprising the Counties of Carleton, Victoria, and Madawaska, vice Hon. James G.Stevens (q.v.), retired, and held that appointment until his resignation, february 5th, 1930, due to ill-health.

He died May 28th, 1936, at Woodstock, N.B., aged seventy-four years, after a lingering illness. Survived by his widow and two daughters. Mrs. Carleton died November 14th, 1965. Buried in Woodstock, N.B.

In Politics:
a Liberal.
In Religion: a Roman Catholic.

Family
1. Dau: Mary Teresa
Mar. William Gibney, New York, Accountant
2. Dau: Blanid
Woodstock, N.B. – Nurse – Stenographer. (Unmarried)

(Judge Carleton was a pleasing speaker and popular lecturer. He was also an amateur playwright, and his plays were well received.)
Plays:
"More Sinned Against than Sinning" – Dramatic Publishing Co., Chicago
"Coom-na-Goppel" – Dramatic Publishing Co., Chicago
"The Crimson Wing" – Cornhill Publishing Co., Boston, Mass.(Winner of First Prize, Canadian Play Competition, 1918)
"A Medieval Hun" – Cornhill Publishing Co., Boston, Mass.
<–Several other plays–>

MC1156 – Graves Papers