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Charles Carroll – Only Catholic Signer of the Declaration of Independence – Catholic Art Print

Charles Carroll – Only Catholic Signer of the Declaration of Independence – Catholic Art Print

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Charles Carroll of Carrollton is how the only Catholic signatory of the American Declaration of Independence signed his name. At the signing where the revolutionaries added their names to Hancock's, it is said that after Carroll singed his, one of the other men said something to the effect of, Charles Carroll is a pretty common name, how will they know it's you? The signers all knew they were putting their lives on the line. They would be hanged if they lost the war. So Carroll went back up and added "of Carrollton."

Everyone would know who that was. Charles Carroll of Carrollton, Maryland, was the wealthiest man in America, one of the wealthiest men in the world. He was also probably the best educated man at the Continental Congress, having spent 17 years in Jesuit schools, some in secret American schools and many of them in Europe. His father had sent him there because it was illegal in Maryland at the time to give his boy a Catholic education. When he got back from studying, it was also still illegal for a Catholic to vote in Maryland.

Carroll became a champion for religious tolerance in America during and after the war. He served in the Maryland Senate and, after the war, the U.S. Senate. His cousin John Carroll, who he had been educated with, became the first Roman Catholic Bishop in America. The first non-secret, out-in-the-open sanctioned Catholic Church in the colonies was built on Carroll's land.

Once before the Revolution, Carroll advised one friend to sell his estate in England and move to America "where liberty will maintain her empire, till a dissoluteness of morals, luxury and venality shall have prepared the degenerate sons of some future age to secure their own"

Carroll was the last signer of the Declaration to die, passing away peacefully at his daughter's home in Baltimore at age 95 on November 14, 1832. There was a national day of mourning for his passing.
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Michael Laty (1826-1848), was an American portrait painter. Even though he died so young, he was talented, and a number of his works may be found online.

** IMPORTANT ** THE IMAGE IS SMALLER THAN THE PAPER! There is a white border of about 0.5" inch for 5x7", 1.3" for 8.5x11", or 1.6" for 11x14" pictures. All Approx! Fine art printers do this because the images are almost never the same rectangular ratio of the standard paper sizes. It also gives the prints a finished look, and lets them look good in a frame without a matt.

- Acid-free paper
- Archival pigments, rated to last for generations.
- Cardboard backer
- Above story of the art
- Enclosed in a tight-fitting, crystal clear bag.

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Sue & John

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