Carson, Samuel Price, 1798-1838

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Politician Samuel Price Carson (1798-1838) was born to Col. John and Mary (Moffit) Carson, in Pleasant Gardens, North Carolina. John represented Burke County in the North Carolina General Assembly for many years. Educated by his older brother Joseph, Samuel Carson was elected to the North Carolina Senate in 1822.

Two years later, Carson ran for U. S. Senate against Robert B. Vance, who charged that Carson’s father was a traitor during the Revolutionary War. Carson challenged Vance to a duel and prepared by training with David Crocket in Tennessee. In 1827, the duel finally took place in Saluda Gap, South Carolina, and Carson mortally wounded Vance with his first shot.

In 1825, Carson began the first of four terms in the U. S. House of Representatives. He was defeated in 1833 after supporting John C. Calhoun’s nullification meeting. In 1834, Carson was reelected to the North Carolina State Senate and was a delegate to the 1835 North Carolina Constitutional Convention. In 1831, Carson married Catherine Wilson, with whom he had a daughter. The couple also adopted his illegitimate daughter with Emma Trout.

By 1836, Carson had moved to Lafayette County, claimed by both Texas and Arkansas, and was chosen to represent the area of Pecan Point at the Convention of 1836, where he signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. After losing the position of president ad interim to David C. Burnet by a vote of 29 to 23, Carson was elected the Republic of Texas’s first Secretary of State, a position he held only for a few months. In April 1836, Carson traveled to Washington, D.C., to help secure aid for the new republic. He retired to his Arkansas home only a month later.

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Ericson, Joe E. “ Carson, Samuel Price .” Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed October 28, 2010.

Fulmore, Z. T. “Samuel Carson Price.” The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association . Vol. 8, No. 3 (January 1905): 263-266.

From the guide to the Carson, Samuel Price, Papers 1922., 1827-1913, (Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin)

Politician Samuel Price Carson (1798-1838) was born to Col. John and Mary (Moffit) Carson, in Pleasant Gardens, North Carolina.

John represented Burke County in the North Carolina General Assembly for many years. Educated by his older brother Joseph, Samuel Carson was elected to the North Carolina Senate in 1822. Two years later, Carson ran for U. S. Senate against Robert B. Vance, who charged that Carson's father was a traitor during the Revolutionary War. Carson challenged Vance to a duel and prepared by training with David Crocket in Tennessee. In 1827, the duel finally took place in Saluda Gap, South Carolina, and Carson mortally wounded Vance with his first shot. In 1825, Carson began the first of four terms in the U. S. House of Representatives. He was defeated in 1833 after supporting John C. Calhoun's nullification meeting. In 1834, Carson was reelected to the North Carolina State Senate and was a delegate to the 1835 North Carolina Constitutional Convention. In 1831, Carson married Catherine Wilson, with whom he had a daughter. The couple also adopted his illegitimate daughter with Emma Trout. By 1836, Carson had moved to Lafayette County, claimed by both Texas and Arkansas, and was chosen to represent the area of Pecan Point at the Convention of 1836, where he signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. After losing the position of president ad interim to David C. Burnet by a vote of 29 to 23, Carson was elected the Republic of Texas's first Secretary of State, a position he held only for a few months. In April 1836, Carson traveled to Washington, D.C., to help secure aid for the new republic. He retired to his Arkansas home only a month later.

From the description of Carson, Samuel Price, Papers, 1827-1913 (University of Texas Libraries). WorldCat record id: 775339707

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referencedIn Samuel Erson Asbury Papers, 1920-1955 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn McDowell, Silas, 1795-1879. History of the duel between Dr. Vance and S.P. Carson / by Silas McDowell. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Sylvanus Cadwallader Papers, 1818-1904, (bulk 1862-1898) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Texas (Republic). Dept. of State. Department of State diplomatic correspondence, 1831-1832, 1835-1846, undated. Texas State Library & Archives Commission
referencedIn Inventory of the Samuel Erson Asbury Papers Texas MSS 00044., 1872-1960 Cushing Memorial Library,
creatorOf Carson, Samuel Price, 1798-1838. Carson, Samuel Price, Papers, 1827-1913 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Cadwallader, Sylvanus, b. 1825 or 6. Sylvanus Cadwallader papers, 1818-1904 (bulk 1862-1866 and 1880-1898). Library of Congress
referencedIn Inventory of the Samuel Erson Asbury Papers Texas MSS 00044., 1872-1960 Cushing Memorial Library,
creatorOf Carson, Samuel Price, Papers 1922., 1827-1913 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
creatorOf Carson, Samuel Price, 1798-1838. Correspondence with John Randolph of Roanoke [manuscript], 1833 January 21 and 27. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn B. Rice Aston collection MC136., 1887-1989, (Bulk: 1923-1954) Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library,
referencedIn Department of State diplomatic correspondence, 1831-1832, 1835-1846, undated Texas State Archives.
referencedIn Asbury, Samuel E. (Samuel Erson), 1872-1962. Asbury, Samuel Erson, papers, 1920-1955. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
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Birth 1798-02-22

Death 1838-11-02

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