California Genealogy and History Archives
W. Carmichael, president and general manager of the Carmichael Co.,
Sacramento, and president of the Sacramento Chamber of Commerce.
every group of men is found one man who, by his sterling worth of
character and achievements, is fitted for the place of leader. Untoward
circumstances may for a time prevent such a man from gaining the
recognition due him, but sooner or later he comes into his own. Such a
man is Daniel W. Carmichael, president of the Chamber of Commerce,
realty operator and Democratic leader.
Carmichael was born in Atlanta, Ga., in the year 1867, the son of
William and Evelyn (Fincher) Carmichael. His father was a southern
planter and a well-known and respected man of his comunity. He received
his early education in the public schools of Atlanta, but gave up his
studies at the call of the west, in 1885, to come to California, where
for two years he followed the usual hardy life of the California
rancher. Upon coming to California he located in Stanislaus county,
working here and there and gaining experience of life among the world of
and perceiving the necessity of further education for the attainment of
the career which he had laid out for himself, he entered the Stockton
Business college and studied bookkeeping and business management. After
a course in this institution he became bookkeeper for Kendall & Co.
in 1887, in whose employ he was for five years.
the year 1895 Mr. Carmichael organized and became a member of the firm
of Curtis, Carmichael & Brand, which was incorporated the following
year. This company was organized for the purpose of acquiring and
developing Sacramento valley lands. In 1900 Mr. Carmichael bought out
his partners' interests and the firm became Carmichael Company. As the
head of this company he has handled, developed and colonized thousands
of acres of Sacramento valley land. No company in Sacramento has been a
larger factor in the aiding of the incoming settlers to acquire homes
suitable to their taste and means.
the present time the company is actively engaged in pushing the
development and settlement of a large tract of four thousand acres known
as the Carmichael Colony, located between Sacramento and Fair Oaks. This
tract, which is located along the west bank of the American river,
contains some of the best citrus land in the Sacramento valley and is
being cut up into small farms of ten acres each.
colonization of land, however, is not the only business activity in
which Mr. Carmichael is engaged. In 1899 he organized the Sacramento Oil
Company, of which he is now secretary and treasurer. This corporation
purchased oil lands in the Kern county oil district and sunk one of the
first oil wells at Bakersfield. Some years later he became one of the
organizers and directors of the Acme Development Oil Company, which
corporation, as well as the Sacramento Oil Company, is now paying
the political life of the city, county and state, Daniel W. Carmichael
has for many years wielded a powerful influence. In November, 1895, he
was elected treasurer of Sacramento city on the Democratic ticket, which
office he held for two years. So well did he fulfill the duties of this
office and so steadily had his reputation grown that in June, 1903, he
was elected county treasurer, which office he held until 1907. In the
intervening years his influence among Demo- cratic circles in California
had developed to such an extent that in 1900 he was elected delegate to
the National Democratic convention held in Kansas City, Mo., where
William J. Bryan was nominated for president. At that time Mr.
Carmichael and Mr. Bryan became acquainted, which acquaintanceship has
grown with steadily increasing warmth throughout the succeeding years.
In 1904 he again represented his party at the national convention, being
elected delegate at large from California to the convention at St.
Louis, where Alton Parker was chosen to lead the Democratic ticket. It
may be men- tioned in this connection that Mr. Carmichael is now
president of the Wilson club, and with a gradually increasing influence
among the Democrats of this state.
many years Sacramento has profited through the untiring efforts of Mr.
Carmichael in the behalf of its semi-public organizations devoted to the
upbuilding of its industries and the forwarding of its best interests.
He became president of the Sacramento Chamber of Commerce in 1910, which
office he now holds. For eighteen years he has been a director of the
same institution. Possibly no other man has done more to put this
organization on the firm and efficient basis on which it now stands.
Daniel W. Carmichael is well known. Among the various organizations with
which he is affiliated may be mentioned the Masons, Odd Fellows, Elks
and the Sutter club. In recognition of his ability in this line of work
the State Realty Federation of California elected him president for the
In 1892 Mr. Carmichael was married in Sacramento to Miss Myrtie Robb, daughter of Charles S. Robb, a well-known local railroad man, who for thirty-five years was connected with the Southern Pacific Railroad Company. In addition to his justly earned prominence in local business and political circles he has received a generally state- wide recognition as a power in California's business and political life, and it is not too much to say that his record during the past twenty-five years fully justifies any honor or recognition which the people of California may see fit to bestow upon kirn, lie is now serving as chairman of the Panama-Pacific County Commission from Sacramento county.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011