John Carter was a member of theand the . His family had familial and business connections with the , and Carter left England for during the 1630s. In 1642 he began acquiring the extensive property on the north bank of the Rappahannock River that became the family seat known as Corotoman. Carter married five times and founded one of the greatest of the . During the 1640s and 1650s Carter served in the House of Burgesses, which elected him to the governor’s Council in 1658. He was again a burgess in 1660, when Charles II was restored to the throne, and Governor reappointed Carter, a royalist, to the Council. He remained a councillor until his death ten years later.