Spencer Leslie Carter, son of Thomas H. and Susan Carter, was born in King William County, Virginia on May 10, 1873. He entered the Virginia Military Institute in 1889 and graduated in 1893. Carter spent his career as a businessman, holding executive positions in various corporations, including the Virginia-Carolina Chemical Corporation. He married Roberta Atkinson on November 30, 1904; the couple had two daughters, Eda and Susan. Carter died in Richmond, Virginia on July 3, 1950. He is buried at Hollywood (Richmond, VA) Cemetery.