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Daniel W. Carmichael, president and general manager of the Carmichael Co., Sacramento, and president of the Sacramento Chamber of Commerce.

In 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.

Mr. 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 men.

Ambitious, 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.

in 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.

At 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.

The 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 dividends.

In 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.

For 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.

Fraternally 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 year 1910-11.

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. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011