Established in the successful practice of his profession in the city of Manistique, Schoolcraft county, Mr. Dunton merits recognition in this work by reason of the fact that he not only holds prestige as one of the representative members of the bar of the Upper Peninsula of his native state but is also a citizen who stands for conservatism in both business and civic matters, and maintains the confidence of his fellow citizens by the safe and sane ideas of which he is the embodiment.
Mr. Dunton was born at Mattawan, Van Buren county, Michigan, a village located twelve miles southwest of the city of Kalamazoo, on the 25th of June, 1862, and is a son of Rev. Alfred A. and Margaret (Cummins) Dunton, both of whom were representatives of families early founded in Michigan, the original representatives of the Dunton family having settled at Goguac Prairie, Calhoun county, this state, in 1836, about one year prior to the admission of Michigan to the Union. Rev. Alfred A. Dunton was a clergyman of the Methodist Episcopal church and long years of faithful effort in the ministry are to be recorded in connection with his active career. lie passed the closing years of his life at Battle Creek, Michigan, and his wife died at Hillsdale, Michigan.
Carey W. Dunton is indebted to the public schools of the lower peninsula of Michigan for his early educational discipline, which was supplemented by a thorough course in Hillsdale College, at Hillsdale, this state, in which institution he was graduated as a member of the class of 1885 and from which he received his degree of Bachelor of Arts. He then began the study of law under the preceptorship of an able member of the bar of Hillsdale, and in 1887 he was duly admitted to practice, upon examination before the circuit court. In the same year he initiated the work of his chosen profession at. Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, where he remained three years, at the expiration of which he removed to Manistique, where he has followed the work of his chosen vocation during the long intervening period of twenty years. Thus his entire professional career has been identified with the Upper Peninsula, and his precedence as an advocate and counselor of marked ability represents the direct result of his close application, careful and discriminating labors and strong technical ability. He is known as a specially versatile and resourceful trial lawyer and has been identified with most of the important litigation in the courts of Schoolcraft and adjacent counties within the past two decades. He served a number of years as prosecuting attorney of Schoolcraft county and at various times and for varying intervals he has been city attorney of Manistique. He has shown a lively interest in all that has touched the material and civic welfare and progress of his home city and county and for twenty years he has served as a member of the board of school examiners for the county. His practice is now largely confined to corporation work, and he is retained as attorney and counsel by the majority of the leading industrial and business concerns in Schoolcraft county. In politics Mr. Dunton is aligned as a stalwart in the camp of the Republican party, and he has given effective service in behalf of its cause.
On the 11th of October, 1893, Mr. Dunton was united in marriage to Miss Edith C. Bennett, who was born at Lapeer, Michigan, and who is a daughter of Daniel W. Bennett.
Source: Sawyer, Alva L. 1911. A History of the Northern Peninsula of Michigan and Its People. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company.