Howard History

September 10, 2006

Charles Carroll of Carrollton, delegate to the Continental Congress, signer of the Declaration of Independence, U.S. senator and one-time Howard County resident, was born Sept. 19, 1737.

He had the best of everything, including a European tour as a young man, a legal education at the Inns of Court in London and a 10,000-acre estate waiting when he returned home at the age of 28.

In his late 30s, he was a leading revolutionary in Colonial Annapolis, making his lavish home a center of society and political ferment.

He died in 1832, the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence, and he was buried in the chapel at Doughoregan Manor, the Carroll family estate in Ellicott City.

[Sun library researcher Paul McCardell contributed to this item.]

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