Carey, Robert David (August 12, 1878 - January 21, 1937)

Robert David Carey Dies of Heart

Attack End Comes in Cheyenne Sunday Evening CAUSES GENERAL GRIEF Was Resident of Converse County for Thirty-six Years and Was Loved by All

Douglas Budget - January 21, 1937

Robert David Carey, Converse county's most distinguished citizen, died suddenly in Cheyenne Sunday evening from a heart attack. He had arrived in Cheyenne Sunday evening, having been in attendance at the convention of the National Live Stock Association at El Paso. He had, in company with Dick Emery, driven that day from Albuquerque and had gone to the home of his nieces, Miss Elizabeth and Louise Carey. He retired early that evening.

Carl Axt, business manager of the J.M. Carey & Brothers Company, called at the Carey home Sunday at noon and Mr. Carey was still in bed. A physician was called, who recommended that he remain in bed. Miss Elizabeth Carey made visits to his room to see how he was resting and at 7:30 discovered that he was dead. He had died in his sleep.

Mrs. Carey was notified at Careyhurst and with her daughter, Sarah left at once for Cheyenne, Howard Esmay driving them to Wheatland where they were met by Captain George Smith of the Highway Patrol. Joseph Carey, who is a student at Yale University, left at once for Cheyenne.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal church, Cheyenne, conducted by the rector, Rev. Charles A. Bennett. Private services for the family were held at the Carey home preceding the public services. The pallbearers were Joe Reynolds and Howard Esmay of Douglas, J.A. Elliott and James D. Chaplin of Wheatland and Francis Bon and Captain George Smith of Cheyenne. Burial was in Lakeside cemetery, where are buried his father, mother and brother.

Both houses of the Wyoming legislature were in adjournment and all of the offices in the capitol were closed for the funeral.

Robert David Carey, was Wyoming's most distinguished native son. Offspring of a man who had served the state as both governor and United States senator, Joseph Maull Carey, he, too, achieved both those offices, the first native of the state to be elected to either. Only two men other than Careys were both governor and senator. They were Francis E. Warren and John B. Kendrick. Robert D. Carey was worthy of his place in this illustrious group.

As governor and senator he stood always courageously and unyielding for the interests of the state in which he was born and of which he was proud with a patriotism which amounted to passion. Wyoming has had no more devoted champion. He scorned opportunism in the presence of what he regarded his obligation to those who had commissioned him to be their representative.

His, ruggedly handsome, gracious, generous, his capacity for inspiring friendship was limitless. No man in the history of the state was the recipient of wider liking. Wherever he went, under whatever circumstances, there he left friends when he departed. From one end of the state to the other, to folk of every vocation and political learning, he was known as "Bob" almost from the beginning of acquaintanceship. The fact attested his personal magnetism, was tribute to his likability, the accolade of friendship's familiarity,

He was born at Cheyenne Aug. 12, 1878, eldest offspring of a profoundly able father who was a leader in the raw young territory's political, civil and developmental affairs, and Louisa David Carey. He attended the grade schools of Cheyenne, then Hill School at Pottstown, Pa., enrolled at Yale, was graduated in 1900 with a bachelor of arts degree.

Upon his graduation from Yale, young Carey became manager of the Central Wyoming section of the vast ranching and stock-raising property of J.M. Carey and Brother in Laramie, Converse and Natrona counties. He was associated too, in the Wyoming Developmental Company, Wyoming's first large irrigation enterprise. He became an acknowledged leader of the livestock industry, was elected president of the Wyoming Stock Grower's Association and held that important place for four years. His progressiveness in livestock raising and irrigation caused him to be selected for presidency of the Wyoming State Fair Commission and under his administration the annual exposition at Douglas of state industries and resources was greatly enlarged. He served also as a member of the Converse county commissioners and was chairman of the board for two years. Later he was the chairman of the first state highway commission.

In 1912 both father and son followed Theodore Roosevelt in the schism which divided the national Republican party and paved the way for the election of Woodrow Wilson to the presidency. Both were leaders of Wyoming's Progressive party.

By 1919 the schism was healed and Wyoming Republicanism sought a candidate for the governorship to lead a reunited party. Robert D. Carey was made the nominee, was elected and became governor in 1919. His administration was during the period of great difficulties which followed immediately upon the World War and he failed of renomination in the Republican primary election of 1923. A Democrat was elected his successor in the governorship.

After eight years of private life during which he further developed the Carey business enterprises, to the presidency of which he succeeded upon the death of his father in 1927, he became a candidate in 1936 for Republican party nomination for the United States Senate, for both a regular term and the unexpired portion of the term of the late Senator Francis E. Warren. He won nomination for both in a spirited primary contest with three other candidate, was elected by a large majority at the general election and became senator in November, 1939.

His service in the senate was distinguished by characteristic courage and loyalty to his conceptions of the best interests of the nation and his state. His convictions made it impossible for him to accept, or to refrain from challenging, policies of the "New Deal" which he regarded as not in consonance with American ideals or as hostile to the economic interests of Wyoming. He was outstanding as an opponent in the senate of numerous administration policies. Effect was that despite his personal popularity he was engulfed by the Roosevelt landslide which swept the nation last November and he failed of re-election. His term expired early this month.

In 1903 Robert D.Carey was united in marriage with Julia B. Freeman, daughter of Brigadier General H.B. Freeman, a campaigner in Wyoming during the Indian were who settled in Converse county after his retirement from the army. He is survived by Mrs. Carey and two children, Joseph Maull Carey, a senior at Yale, and Miss Sarah Carey. His mother died in 1934. His only brother, Charles D. Carey, met death with his wife in an automobile accident two years ago.

Death of the brother, a brilliant man who directed the Carey enterprises while Senator Carey was occupied with official duties, imposed directly upon the senator the burden of his direction at a time when his official duties were extraordinarily onsous.

Because of the great strain upon his abilities and drain upon his physical strength he did not desire to be a candidate for re-election to the senate but yielded to the insistence of Republican leaders that he be the party's candidate last year. A vigorous campaign with his customary militancy was a further drain upon his physical reserves.

In addition to his immediate family, Senator Carey is survived by a nephew and two nieces, children of Charles D. Carey. They are Charles D. Carey and the Misses Elizabeth and Louise Carey of Cheyenne.


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