Charles Carroll and Religious Freedom

Color image of a detail of a painting of Charles Carroll, showing his face with green eyes, white hair, and long, prominent nose.
Detail, Charles Carroll by Charles Willson Peale, after Rembrandt Peale, c. 1823

Independence National Historical Park


The only Catholic to sign the Declaration of Independence, Charles Carroll's ancestor came to Maryland to escape religious persecution in 17th century England. Carroll was educated abroad by the Jesuits and returned to America to a distinguished career as a statesman.


Last updated: September 3, 2016

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