Born: September 19, 1737 at Annapolis, Province of Maryland
Died: November 14, 1832 (aged 95) at Baltimore, Maryland
Spouse: Mary Darnall
Children: 7 children
United States Senator from Maryland (1789 – 1792)
Political Party: Federalist
Facts about Charles Carroll
He was the last of the signers of the Declaration of Independence to die. Carroll never showed any interest in politics, but was most likely compelled to that vocation due to his vast wealth and British taxation.
Although Carroll arrived too late to cast a vote in favor of the Declaration of Independence he did sign it. He signed it Charles Carroll of Carrollton to distinguish himself from his father Charles Carroll of Annapolis who was still living.
Charles Carroll of Carrollton was a wealthy planter who owned many slaves. He would become a supporter of gradual abolition and served in the Maryland branch of the American Colonization Society which was dedicated to the exportation of black Americans to the free African state of Liberia.
Carroll retired from public life in 1801 and continued his life as a wealthy planter. He was the first mayor of Washington, D.C. On June 5, 1768, Charles wed Mary (Molly) Carnall. Seven children were born to the couple before Molly died in 1782.
Charles Carroll Childhood
Charles Carroll was born in September 1737 into a prominent Annapolis, Maryland, family. He was educated at Jesuit colleges in Maryland and France before going on to study law in Paris and London. In 1765 he returned to Maryland an educated man to take the reins of the family estate (which was one of the largest in the American colonies). He also added “”of Carrollton”” to his name (he appears as “”Charles Carroll of Carrollton”” in certain sources) to distinguish himself from his father and cousins, all of whom had similar names.
Because he was a Catholic, Carroll was not allowed to participate in politics, practice law (despite years of study) or vote, but he became known in important circles in a roundabout way by writing various anti-tax/tariff tracts (essentially, early protestations against “taxation without representation”) in the Maryland Gazette under the pseudonym “”First Citizen.””
Where is Charles Carroll buried?
After a national day of mourning, he was interred at the family country seat, Doughoregan Manor Chapel in Ellicott City, Maryland.
How did Charles Carroll die?
He died by natural cause at age 95 year on November 14, 1832, at the Caton home.”