1817 – Carlile was born in Winchester, Virginia on the 16th of December.
1840 – He then studied law, was admitted to the bar and began practice in Beverly. Entering politics, he joined the Democratic Party.
1847 – Carlile served in the Virginia State Senate.
1850 – He was selected as a delegate to the Virginia state constitutional convention.
1854 – He joined the new Know Nothing political movement and represented Virginia’s 11th District in the United States House for one term.
1861 – He was a delegate from Harrison County to the Virginia secession convention, voting no on the controversial resolution.
– He was a leader in the anti-secession movement, and was prominent in the Wheeling Convention of June.
1865 – He was elected as one of two United States senators from the loyal faction of Virginia.
1878 – He died on the 24th of October in Clarksburg, West Virginia, and was buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery.