Charles Carroll (1661–1720) was a wealthy lawyer and planter in
colonial Maryland. Carroll, a Catholic, is best known because his
efforts to hold office in the Protestant-dominated colony resulted in
the disfranchisement of Maryland Catholics. The second son of Irish
Catholic parents, Carroll was educated in France as a lawyer before
returning to England, where he pursued the first steps in a legal
career. Before that career developed, he secured a position as Attorney
General of the young colony of Maryland. Its founder George Calvert and
his descendants intended it as a refuge for Catholics. Carroll supported
Charles Calvert, the colony's Catholic proprietor, in an unsuccessful
effort to prevent the Protestant majority from gaining political
control. Following the overthrow of the Calvert proprietorship and the
subsequent exclusion of Catholics from colonial government, Carroll
turned his attention to planting, law, business, and various offices in
the proprietor's remnant organization. He was the wealthiest man in the
colony by the time of his death.
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