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Charles (Barrister) CARROLL

(1723-1783)

CARROLL, Charles (Barrister), (cousin of Charles Carroll of Carrollton and Daniel Carroll), a Delegate from Maryland; born in Annapolis, Md., March 22, 1723; received his education at the English House, West Lisbon, Portugal, at Eton, and Cambridge University in England, and studied law in the Middle Temple, Garden Court; returned to Annapolis, Md., in 1746 and commenced the practice of law; elected to the Maryland lower house of assembly in 1755 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his father, Dr. Charles Carroll; framed the “Declaration of Rights” adopted by the convention of Maryland on November 3, 1776; became a member of the Council of Safety in August 1775; elected a Delegate to the Continental Congress on November 10, 1776, to succeed his cousin, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, serving until February 15, 1777; was elected in 1777 to the first State senate, having previously declined the position of chief judge of the general court of Maryland; was reelected in 1781 and held that office until his death at his residence, Mount Clare, near Baltimore, Md., March 23, 1783.

Bibliography

Trostel, Michael F. Mount Clare, Being an Account of the Seat Built by Charles Carroll, Barrister, Upon His Lands at Patapsco. Baltimore: The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Maryland, [1981].

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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