1737 - Charles Carroll born on the 19th of September at Annapolis, Maryland. He is regarded as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. He was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. He was a delegate from Maryland.
1748 - Jesuits educated him until he reached about 11 years of age. He then voyaged to Europe and studied the liberal arts and civil law at various schools and universities in Paris, elsewhere in France, and in London.
1765 - He sailed home at the age of 28, and built a home at Carrollton Manor, a 10,000-acre estate in Frederick County newly deeded to him by his father. At that time, he added "Carrollton" to his name to distinguish himself from relatives of the same name...
1773 - Became a champion of the patriots through his newspaper attacks on the Proprietary Governor. The latter was opposing reforms in officers' fees and stipends for Anglican clergy that the lower house of the legislature had proposed.
1774 - 1776 - He supported nonimportation measures, attended the first Maryland Revolutionary convention, and the council of safety.
1776 - He and his cousin John, a priest, chosen because of their religion and knowledge of French, traveled to Canada with Benjamin Franklin and Samuel Chase ona congressionally appointed committee that sought but failed to obtain a union of Canada with the colonies.
1832 - In his final years, revered by the Nation as the last surviving signer of the Declaration, hel spent most of his time at Doughoregan Manor.
- He passed the winters in the home of his youngest daughter and her husband in Baltimore. There, he died on the 14th of November at the age of 95. His body was interred in the family chapel at Doughoregan Manor.
Charles Carroll was the last signer of the Declaration of Independence to die. This last survivor of one of his nation's foundational moment died on 14 November 1832. This was 56 years after the events of 1776.
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