Born at Fort Benning, Ga., on Oct. 25, 1944, Chester James Carville...grew up at Carville in Iberville Parish. The village, 16 miles south of Baton Rouge on the east bank of the Mississippi River, is named for his grandfather, the town postmaster....
While a student at Ascension Catholic High School, he got his first job in politics, canvassing for a car dealer's legislative campaign. He entered LSU in 1962, but flunked out in 1966. He joined the Marine Corps, serving from 1966-68 at Camp Pendleton, Calif. He returned to finish at LSU and earned a law degree in 1973. He worked as a litigator at a Baton Rouge law firm from 1973-79.
Unhappy with law, he went to work with political consultant Gus Weill, who later recalled that Carville wanted to learn the "political public relations business...."
In 1992, Carville and partner-consultant Paul Begala engineered [Bill] Clinton's presidential win, the first time a Democrat had won the White House in 16 years.