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Charles Carroll Family Papers

Identifier: GTM-090602

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of materials related to the Carroll family that were assembled or created by Charles V.P. von Luttichau, a direct descendent of Charles Carroll of Carrollton.


  • 19th century


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is currently unprocessed and access to it may therefore be limited. Researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections for more information on access to this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of the materials being used, establishing who the copyright owner is, locating the copyright owner, and obtaining permission for intended use.

Biographical Note

Charles Carroll of Carrollton (1737-1832) was a prominent voice in the cause for Amercian independence from Great Britain. From a wealthy Maryland family, Carroll was born on September 19, 1737 in Annapolis, Maryland. He studied at the Jesuit college of St. Omers in French Flanders. Subsequently, he read law in England and France.

During the American Revolution, Carroll held posts with the committees of correspondence. He attended the Continental Congress from 1776 to 1778. In 1776, he was part of a team which traveled to Canada to try to persuade Canada to enter the war on the side of the American colonies.

Charles Carroll was one of four Marylanders to sign the Declaration of Independnece, and he was the only Roman Catholic to sign it. He served as a state senator from 1777 to 1780 and as a U.S. senator from 1789 to 1792. At the time of the American Revolution, Carroll held the most enslaved persons in the American colonies. Carroll was a member of the Federalist Party. Later in life, he helped establish the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.

Charles Carroll of Carrollton died on November 14, 1832 in Baltimore, Maryland. He was the last-surviving signer of the Declatarion of Indepepndence.

[Sources: Encyclopedia Britannica Online and Online].


0.25 Cubic Feet (1 box)

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Custodial History

The collection belonged to Charles V.P. von Luttichau, a direct descendent of Charles Carroll of Carrollton on his mother's side. His mother was Margaret Mary Pennington, born in Baltimore in 1894, daughter of Dr. Clapham Pennington and Margaret Gregg Pennington. Margaret Mary married Wilhelm Viktor Graf Luttichau in Bern, Switzerland and had two sons, Charles and Alexander. The collection belonged to Charles. One of Charles von Luttichau's lifelong projects was to write a history of the the Carrolls of Maryland. Among these papers are extensive notes and plans for the book and an appendix entitled, "Notes to the Carrolls of Maryland."

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Johanson Rare Books, 2009.

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Revision Statements

  • 2023: Edited for DACS compliance by John Zarrillo

Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057