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Daniel Carroll - One of America's Founding Fathers

Posted on Friday, December 20, 2019

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Birth: July 22, 1730
Death: May 7, 1796 (age 65)
Colony: Maryland
Occupation: Plantation Owner, Politician
Significance: Signed the United States Constitution (at the age of 51); served as a United States Congressman representing Maryland (1789-1791)

Daniel Carroll Statue in Signers' Hall at the National Constitution Center

Daniel Carroll was born to a wealthy Roman Catholic family in Maryland. Carroll was educated abroad in France at the College of St. Omer (today Stonyhurst College) and then moved back Maryland in 1748. His brother Charles Carroll signed the Declaration of Independence

Carroll served in the Maryland Senate from 1777 - 1781, in 1787 Carroll was named a member of the Constitutional Convention which met in Philadelphia. At the Constitutional Convention, Carroll represented Maryland and helped to debate, draft and sign the United States Constitution

Carroll was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1789 to represent his district in Maryland. Carroll only served one term before he was appointed to be one of the commissioners charged with surveying the land that later became the Washington DC. Carroll helped to design Washington DC before he retired due to failing health in 1795 and then died the following year at his Maryland home.

Daniel Carroll in Philadelphia

Carroll helped to write the United States Constitution as a member of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, which met at Independence Hall.  Carroll also worked in Congress Hall as a United States Congressman while Philadelphia was the Capital of the United States. Today, you can also see a statue commemorating Carroll for his role in the creation of the United States Constitution in the Signers' Hall exhibit of the National Constitution Center.  Signers' Garden pays tribute to the Founding Fathers, including those such as Carroll who signed the Constitution of the United States. The National Constitution Center, Congress Hall, Signers' Garden, and Independence Hall are all visited on The Constitutional Walking Tour!

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