Bullitt County History

Tarlton Combs Carroll

The biographical sketch that follows is taken from History of Kentucky, Judge Charles Kerr, Editor, Volume IV, 1922, pages 554-5.


Tarlton Combs Carroll. In the various activities of life, and particularly in the ranks of the legal and other professions, it is not unusual to note the fact that the members of a certain family will follow, sometimes for several generations, the same vocation, son following father in the pursuance of the occupation which the elder man made his life work. This is true in the case of Tarlton Combs Carroll, of Shepherdsville, county attorney of Bullitt County, who seems to have inherited the qualities which made his father a prominent legist of Louisville.

Mr. Carroll was born at Shepherdsville, Kentucky, May 14, 1889, a son of Charles and Ida B. (Troutman) Carroll, and a member on both sides of old and honorable Kentucky families, his father being a native of Oldham County and his mother of Bullitt County, and both now residents of Louisville. Charles Carroll studied law and adopted the legal profession as the medium through which to gain success, and for a number of years was a resident of Shepherdsville until, seeking the advanced opportunities of a larger community, he went to Louisville. There he became a well-known practitioner, valued by his associates and feared by his opponents, and rose rapidly in his calling to a place of prestige. He continues to make that city his home and is still active.

Tarlton Combs Carroll was given his early education at Shepherdsville, but when still a youth went with his parents to Louisville, where he received further public school instruction. He was then sent to the Kentucky State University, from which institution he was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1909, the degree of Bachelor of Laws being conferred upon him in the following year. Mr. Carroll was admitted to the bar in 1910 and began practice at Louisville, but after a year in the metropolis decided to return to the home of his boyhood, and since 1911 has been practicing at the Shepherdsville bar. He has made good progress in his calling and is justly accounted one of the able attorneys of the younger generation in Bullitt County. He did not give up his studies when he left college halls, but has been a close and careful student and has done much in the way of investigation and research. In 1917 he was elected county attorney of Bullitt County, an office which he has filled to the present time with much credit. He is a democrat in his political allegiance, and as a fraternalist is affiliated with the Masons, having attained to the Knight Templar degree. He enlisted with the Engineers in the World war.

In 1919, at Shepherdsville, Mr. Carroll was united in marriage with Miss Irene Crutcher.


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The Bullitt County History Museum, a service of the Bullitt County Genealogical Society, is located in the county courthouse at 300 South Buckman Street (Highway 61) in Shepherdsville, Kentucky. The museum, along with its research room, is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday. Admission is free. The museum, as part of the Bullitt County Genealogical Society, is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization and is classified as a 509(a)2 public charity. Contributions and bequests are deductible under section 2055, 2106, or 2522 of the Internal Revenue Code. Page last modified: 13 Jul 2015 . Page URL: bullittcountyhistory.org/bchistory/tccarrollbio.html