Bachelor of Arts, University of Pennsylvania, 1871, Master of Arts, Bachelor of Laws, 1874. Doctor of Laws, Lafayette, 1898, Western University of Pennsylvania, 1904, University of Pennsylvania, 1906. Admitted to bar, April 1874.
In addition to his private practice, he served as professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania, state Attorney General, president of the American Bar Association, and president of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Carson argued numerous cases before the Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania and the United States. Noted cases included arguing (unsuccessfully) Lone Wolf v.
Hitchcock and offering for probate the William Weightman will.
Carson was also noted for his extensive collection of legal papers, books, documents, and portraits. Carson"s father was Doctor Joseph Carson, professor in medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, whose grandfather had emigrated to Philadelphia in the 1740s.
Carson"s mother, born Mary Hollingsworth, was a descendant of Henry Hollingsworth, deputy surveyor for William Pennsylvania Carson was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1871, and its Law School in 1874, and then entered private practice.
He edited the Legal Gazette.
He was a professor with the Penn Law School, 1895–1901. He was appointed state Attorney General in 1903, serving until 1907. Carson married Anna Lee Baker in 1880.
One son, Joseph, became a lawyer and practiced law with his father.
Member Commission to Revise Constitution of Pennsylvania, 1920.
Married Anna Lea Baker, April.