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The Religious Affiliation of
Daniel Carroll
a Signer of the U.S. Constitution
and U.S. Representative in the First Federal Congress (1789-1791)


Daniel Carroll is regarded as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. He was one of the signers of the Constitution of the United States of America. He was a delegate from Maryland.

Daniel Carroll was also a U.S. Representative in the First U.S. Federal Congress (1789-1791).

Daniel Carroll was a Catholic.

He was identified as a Catholic by: U.S. Catholic Historical Society; A Worthy Company: Brief Lives of the Framers of the United States Constitution by M. E. Bradford; and the Library of Congress. (Source: Ian Dorion, "Table of the Religious Affiliations of American Founders", 1997).

From: Robert G. Ferris (editor), Signers of the Constitution: Historic Places Commemorating the Signing of the Constitution, published by the United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service: Washington, D.C. (revised edition 1976), pages 153-154:

Carroll, a distinguished Maryland planter-aristocrat, was one of two Roman Catholic signers of the Constitution... His public career included service in the Continental Congress, the Maryland senate, and the U.S. House of Representatives. He was also one of the first commissioners of the District of Columbia.

Daniel Carroll was a member of one collateral branch of a prominent Maryland family of Irish descent. The other was led by Charles Carroll of Carrollton, signer of the Declaration of Independence. Daniel's older brother was John Carroll, the first Roman Catholic bishop in the United States.

Daniel was born in 1730 at Upper Marlboro, Md. Befitting the son of a wealthy Roman Catholic family, he studied for 6 years (1742-48) under Jesuits at St. Omer's in Flanders. Then, after a tour of Europe, he sailed home and married Eleanor Carroll, apparently a first cousin of Charles Carroll of Carrollton.

...at the age of 65 he died at his home near Rock Creek in the present village of Forest Glen, Md. He was buried there in St. John's Catholic Cemetery.

Note that numerous sources and authoritative references have been consulted in order to ascertain the religious affiliation of the American Founding Fathers. Note that the excerpts and references mentioned on this page are not the only references used in order to identify this person's religious affiliation.

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Portrait: from Robert G. Ferris (editor), Signers of the Constitution: Historic Places Commemorating the Signing of the Constitution, published by the United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service: Washington, D.C. (revised edition 1976).

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