El Dorado County








            The subject of this review is actively connected with a profession which has important bearing upon the progress and stable prosperity of any section or community, and one which has long been considered as conserving the public welfare by furthering the ends of justice and maintaining individual rights.  With a high appreciation of his ability and his trustworthiness as a citizen his fellow townsmen have conferred upon him the highest office within their power to bestow, and he is now serving as the mayor of Placerville, to which position he was elected in 1900.

            Mr. Carpenter is a native of central California and was reared and educated in the city where he still resides.  His birth, however, occurred in Volcanoville, El Dorado County, on the 8th of February, 1858.  His father, Hon. G. J. Carpenter, was one of California’s most distinguished pioneers and is represented on another page of this volume.  Prentiss Carpenter, the eldest son, pursued his education in the academy at Placerville, and when his literary course was completed he took up the study of law in the office and under the direction of his father, a distinguished jurist of this section of California.  When twenty-one years of age he was admitted to practice in the township courts and has since been actively connected with the profession in his native county.  He has served for three terms as district attorney, during which time he acquired an enviable reputation as a criminal lawyer, rendering the public valuable service by securing the conviction of several notable criminals.  He has the power of keen analysis, which enables him to readily determine the strong points in the case.  In argument he is logical and forceful and his oratorical ability adds to the effectiveness of his speech before court and jury.  His standing at the bar is high and a liberal patronage indicates the confidence of the public in his professional ability. 

            Mr. Carpenter was married on the 11th of June, 1889, to Miss Annie J. Thomas, who was born in California.  They have one daughter, Lucile Clare, who is with them in their beautiful home in Placerville, where hospitality reigns supreme and where the spirit of genial companionship and good cheer is always found.  Mr. Carpenter is a valued member of Palmyra Lodge, No. 157, F. & A. M., also belongs to the Native Sons of the Golden West, and in the year 1900 represented his parlor in the grand parlor of the state.

            Like his honored father, he has ever been a representative of the Democratic Party, but by a unanimous vote of all parties he was elected as the first mayor of his city after its reorganization in 1900, in which capacity he is now acceptably serving.  He never lacks the courage of his convictions, and he is a man of intelligence and genuine public spirit and his administration has won the approval of all those who have due regard for the welfare and upbuilding of their city.



Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: “A Volume of Memoirs and Genealogy of Representative Citizens of Northern California”, Pages 520-521. Chicago Standard Genealogical  Publishing Co. 1901.

© 2010  Gerald Iaquinta.



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