From: West Virginians
Published by The West Virginia Biographical Association, 1928

Submitted by Linda Fluharty.

     Carl O. Schmidt, senior member of the law firm, Schmidt, Hugus & Laas and City Solicitor of Wheeling, W. Va., was born in Wheeling, January 21, 1891, son of Charles C. Schmidt, for seven years mayor of Wheeling, and Minnie (Dauber) Schmidt. He attended Linsly Institute, Wheeling; Washington and Jefferson College, and studied law at the University of Virginia, graduating in 1912. For a year following graduation he undertook graduate studies at the University of West Virginia, and in 1913 began to practice law in Wheeling. He has been one of the very successful of Wheeling's younger attorneys, and the public has not been slow to recognize his quality. In 1921 he was elected City Solicitor, and continues to fill that office vigorously and capably.
     Mr. Schmidt was an early volunteer for World War service, being commissioned, a lieutenant in the first officers' training school, after which he served 19 months in France. He is a member and former Commander of Wheeling Post of the American Legion and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
     He married August 12, 1917, Mary Elizabeth Paxton, of Washington, Pa., and has one son, Carl Paxton, born February 15, 1924, and a daughter, Mary Paxton, born March 13, 1927.
     Mr. Schmidt is a Mason (32nd Degree), an Elk, and a member of St. Matthews Episcopal Church. In politics be is Republican. His father, the late Mayor Charles C. Schmidt, was a Democrat, having formed that political affiliation as a young man in Baltimore, his native city. When he established himself in Wheeling, he took an active part in all civic works. In 1905 he was elected mayor, and had that office at the time of his death, August 10, 1912. He and his wife, who died November 14, 1927, were members of St. John's Lutheran Church. Other children born to them were: Nellie (Mrs. James M. Collins); Frank L., druggist, ex-Marine veteran of World War service overseas, now in business in Wheeling.