Carroll Kendrick was born in Tennessee, the son of Allen and Nancy Rose Kendrick. He attended the UofL School of Medicine 1871-72 and 1872-73, graduating in March 1873. He practiced in Corinth and Kendrick, MS. He lived in Bryan, Texas for a while, organizing the Bryan Christian Church in 1868. He served as Chief Health Officer, County Representative, State Senator, President of the Mississippi Department of Public Health, President of the Mississippi Association of Medical Officers of the Army and Navy of the Confederate States, President Pro-Tem of the Mississippi Senate and Acting Governor of Mississippi. He married Amanda Gayle Adams. He died in Alcorn County, MS.