Charles Carroll III, Charles Carroll of Carrolton, Doughoregan Manor Chapel, Ellicott City, Maryland

Charles Carroll III – The Last Surviving Signer Of The Declaration Of Independence

Charles Carroll III, also known as Charles Carroll of Carrolton, was born in Annapolis, Maryland on September 19, 1737 and was one of 56 colonists to sign the Declaration of Independence in 1776. During the Revolutionary War Charles Carroll III served in the Continental Congress, on the Board of War and worked on drafting the various versions of the state constitutions for the State of Maryland.

John Trumbull’s painting, “Declaration of Independence” depicts the presentation of a draft of the document to the Second Continental Congress. It hangs in the U.S. Capitol rotunda. (Baltimore Sun)

In 1781, Charles Carroll III was elected the the Maryland Senate and was elected to the first Federal Congress in 1788. In 1790, Charles Carroll III was re-elected to the Maryland senate where he served until 1800.

During Charles Carroll’s time as a politician he lived in Annapolis at the Charles Carroll House.

In 1828, Charles Carroll III laid the cornerstone to the Phoenix Shot Tower in Baltimore. Charles Carroll III was the last surviving signer of the Declaration do Independence when he died in Baltimore on November 14, 1932. Charles Carroll III’s was buried at the Doughoregan Manor Chapel in Ellicott City, Maryland.

Various states, such as Kentucky and Georgia, have named their towns in Charles Carroll III’s honor.

Baltimore, Maryland, Charles Carroll III, Charles Carroll of Carrolton, Declaration of Independence, One World Trade Center, The Twin Towers

The World Trade Center Of Baltimore

The World Trade Center of Baltimore was constructed in 1977, along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, and is the worlds tallest pentagonal shaped building in the world.

Steel from the original Twin Towers of the New York World Trade Center, which part of a complex of seven buildings that were built in 1973 and were destroyed by the September 11th 2001 terrorist attack in New York City, are in front of the World Trade Center of Baltimore. The World Trade Center of Baltimore is a satellite building of the World Trade Center complex of New York that were destroyed in 2001 and rebuilt from 2006 to 2014 as the One World Trade Center.

The 11th story of the building hosts the “Top Of The World” observation deck which has a variety of historical markers describing the different sections of the city

One of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, Charles Carroll III, who also went by Charles Carroll of Carrolton, laid the cornerstone of the Phoenix Shot Tower, which is also referred to as the Old Baltimore Shot Tower. When the construction of the Phoenix Shot Tower was completed is 234.25 feet tall and it was the tallest structure built in the United States at the time. In present day, the Phoenix Shot Tower May be seen from the World Trade Center Baltimore building.

Author’s Note:

Charles Carroll III died in 1832 and was the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence.