M-20: Carroll, Charles
Date: December 3, 1792
Creator(s): Carroll, Charles (1737-1832)
Summary: This letter was written to John Morrow of Shepherd’s Town, VA (now Shepherdstown, WV) concerning a loan payment that Mr. Morrow is late on.
Extent: One letter with addressee information.
Access: Charles Carroll of Carrollton Letter.pdf
Charles Carroll of Carrollton was one of the four signers of the Declaration of Independence from Maryland. Although his family had great wealth and land holdings, they were barred from entering public office because of their Catholic faith. Carroll was first educated in secret at a Jesuit school located on the Eastern shore of Maryland and then sent abroad to Paris to complete his education in classical studies. Carroll then went to London to study English law and was subsequently admitted to the Inner Temple in London. After the death of his mother in 1765, Carroll returned to Annapolis and became involved in local politics. When he was elected to the 2nd Maryland Convention in 1774, it effectively ended the ban on Catholics in Maryland politics. After the Revolutionary War, he continued to participate in local and state politics, becoming one of the first U.S. senators from Maryland in 1789.
After his retirement from political life in 1800, Charles Carroll focused heavily on business and industry ventures. He was one of the founders of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Company and served on the board of directors of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.
Charles Carroll was the last surviving member of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
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