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Frederick Carroll Brewster
Frederick Carroll Brewster, 1825-1898.jpg
1873 mezzotint
Attorney General of Pennsylvania
In office
October 26, 1869 – January 22, 1873
Governor John W. Geary
Preceded by Benjamin H. Brewster
Succeeded by Samuel E. Dimmick
Personal details
BornMay 15, 1825
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DiedDecember 30, 1898
Charlotte, North Carolina
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Emma Barton
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania
Profession Attorney, judge

Frederick Carroll Brewster (May 15, 1825 – December 30, 1898) was a prominent Philadelphia lawyer and judge, who served as state Attorney General. He wrote extensively on law.

Life and career

Brewster was born the son of Francis Enoch Brewster (a descendant [1] of William Brewster, of the Mayflower) and his mistress, Isabella Anderson. The father mostly ignored his wife and legitimate children, who would become lawyer Benjamin H. Brewster and author Anne Hampton Brewster, and the half-siblings would grow up mutually estranged.

Brewster was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1841, he studied law with his father, and was admitted to the bar in 1844. [2]

In 1850, Brewster married Emma Barton, who descended from William Rittenhouse on both sides of her family and from Jonathan Dickinson Sergeant through her mother. [3] His father's death left his estate to Brewster and his full brother, leaving out the legitimate children entirely. Benjamin negotiated a split of the estate without consulting Anne, she sued, and the matter would not be settled for several years. [4]

In 1862, Brewster was elected City Solicitor. In 1866, he was elected Judge of the Court of Common Pleas. In 1867, his half-brother Benjamin was appointed state Attorney General. Benjamin proved to be too critical, and Governor Geary insultingly replaced him as Attorney General with F. Carroll, and then reappointed F. Carroll for a full term of his own. [5]

He died in 1898, and his remains were buried in the St. James the Less cemetery, Philadelphia. [6] [7]


Legal works

  • A treatise on practice in the Pennsylvania courts. Philadelphia: Allen, Lane & Scott. 1889.

Non-legal works

  • Molière in outline. Philadelphia: J. M. Goldy & Son. 1885.
  • Disraeli in outline. Philadelphia: Allen, Lane & Scott. 1890.
  • From Independence Hall around the world. Philadelphia: The Levytype company. 1895.


  1. ^ In Memoriam 1899, p. 7.
  2. ^ Morris 1896, p. 18.
  3. ^ Jenkins 1898, p. 396.
  4. ^ Larrabee 1992, p. 15.
  5. ^ McClure 1905, pp. 272–73.
  6. ^ In Memoriam 1899, p. 32.
  7. ^ The Philadelphia Times 1899, p. 6.

Further reading

Legal offices
Preceded by
Benjamin H. Brewster
Attorney General of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Samuel E. Dimmick