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    A letter from Charles Carroll expressing pleasure that the Maryland Society of the Cincinnati considers him an honorary member. Carroll expresses his gratitude for the the honor but declined its invitation to dinner citing a prior appointment.

    Charles Carroll of Carrollton was one of four signers of the Declaration of Independence for Maryland. He is distinguished not only for being the wealthiest of the signers, but also for being the only Roman Catholic amongst them and being the last to die. Carroll was influential in getting Maryland to support independence though he did not vote for it in Congress. His election to Congress came on July 4, 1776, two days after that body voted in favor of the resolution. Carroll served in the Maryland Senate and the U.S. Senate. Following the deaths of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson in 1826, Carroll became the sole surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence.

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