Daniel Carroll

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Daniel Carroll
State Maryland
Religion Roman Catholic
Founding Documents United States Constitution

Daniel Carroll (July 22, 1730 - 1796) was a Founder of the United States who signed the Articles of Confederation and later signed the U.S. Constitution at the Constitutional Convention.

Daniel Carroll's cousin, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, signed the Declaration of Independence.

Early life

He was born in Upper Marlboro, Prince Georges county, on July 22, 1730.[1] His parents were Daniel and Eleanor Darnall Carroll, a prominent Irish Catholic family from Maryland.


Carroll was a delegate in the Continental Congress from 1780-1784, and was also a delegate in the Constitutional Convention that framed the Federal Constitution. Other members of the Maryland delegation to the Convention were Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, James McHenry, John Francis Mercer and Luther Martin.

He was elected as a Federalist to the First Congress (March 4, 1789 – March 3, 1791) and took an active part in fixing seat of government. As a congressman he voted for locating the Nation's Capital on the Potomac, and his family donated most of the land. He also voted for Hamilton's program for the federal government to assume the state obligations arising from the American Revolution. In 1791, President Washington appointed him as one of the commissioners to locate the District of Columbia and the Federal city.


He died in Washington, D. C, in 1796. His childhood home was a plantation which is now a Historic place on the U.S. National Register, known as Darnall's Chance.[2]