Charles Carroll: Looking Back With the Greatest Satisfaction


American Founder Charles Carroll of Carollton represented Maryland in her Committee of Correspondence in 1774, Annapolis’ first Committee of Safety in 1775, the Annapolis Convention from 1774-1776, as a delegate to the Continental Congress in 1776, as a Signer of the Declaration of Independence, and finally as a member of the first United States Senate in 1789.

Carroll also had the dual honor of being the only Catholic among the Signers of the Declaration of Independence, as well as the oldest living survivor among the Signers, passing away at the age of 95 in 1832.

His last recorded words included this inspiring expression of his faith:

I have lived to my ninety-sixth year; I have enjoyed continued health, I have been blessed with great wealth, prosperity, and most of the good things which the world can bestow—public approbation, esteem, applause; but what I now look back on with the greatest satisfaction to myself is, that I have practiced the duties of my religion.

Source: Charles Carroll. “The Life and Correspondence of Charles Carroll of Carrollton 1737-1832 (2 Volumes).

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