The Signers Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Thomas Sully
Courtesy of
The Maryland Commission on Artistic Property
of the Maryland State Archives

Charles Carroll of Carrollton


The only Roman Catholic signer, Charles Carroll was a wealthy Maryland landowner and businessman. Although educated in Europe, his sympathies were firmly with the idea of American independence. He actively participated in many political groups devoted to organizing and governing the colonies as they became a new country.

In recognition of his war service, Carroll was elected to honorary membership in the Society of the Cincinnati, a group of former military officers.

Charles Carroll of Carrollton medal & case
United States Mint, Christian Gobrecht
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1826
Silver (medal), gilt leather, board & velvet (case)
Gift of Joseph R. and Ruth Lasser

Soon after the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the last surviving signer celebrated his 90th birthday. These medals were produced for close members of Carroll's family, and this exceptional example is still housed in its original presentation case.

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