Charles Carroll DOI


Charles Carroll was born in Annapolis, Maryland on 19 September 1737 and was the only child of Charles carroll and Elizabeth Brooke who were not married at the time but they eventually married in 1757 due to technical reasons concerning the inheritance of their estates.

Charles like his father was a roman catholic and was bared from entering politics, voting, and practicing law by Maryland statutes. Charles received his education at Bohemia Manor, a secret Jesuit preparatory school, located on Maryland’s Eastern shore of Cecil County. He attended the College of St Omer in France and graduated in 1755 and returned to Annapolis in 1765.

From 1774 to 1776, Carroll was a member of the Annapolis Convention. He was elected to the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, and remained a delegate until 1778. Arriving to late to vote in favor of the Declaration of Independence, He was able to sign it. He was the last surviving signatory of the Declaration of Independence at the time of his death on 14 November 1832, at 95 years of age.

Returning to Maryland in 1778 to assist in forming a state government, he was re-elected to the Continental Congress in 1780 but declined, opting to run for the state senate to which he was elected in 1781 and served continuously until 1800.

Charles married Mary Darnall on 5 June 1768 who died in 1782 having seven children by her with only three children surving infancy.

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