Carr, Wilbur John
- Theodore A. Wilson
Carr, Wilbur John (31 October 1870–26 June 1942), State Department official, was born near Taylorsville, Ohio, the son of Edward Livingston Carr and Catherine Fender, farmers. An elder son from whom much was expected, Carr grew up not far from Zanesville in southeastern Ohio. Aiming toward a business career, he graduated from the Commercial College of the University of Kentucky in 1889 and polished his shorthand and typewriting skills at Chafee’s Phonographic Institute in Oswego, New York. The following year, Carr accepted a position as secretary of the Peekskill Military Academy. Having passed the federal civil service examination, in 1892 Carr departed the bucolic environment of a preparatory school and Dutchess County, New York, for Washington, D.C. He had secured a clerkship in the State Department, an organization that was beginning to emerge from decades of lethargy....