Charles Carroll of Carrollton

A Bust of Charles Carroll of Carrollton at the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Maryland

Who was Charles Carroll of Carrollton?  He was born on September 19, 1737, in Annapolis, Maryland, and he died on November 14, 1832, in Baltimore.  He was a politician serving as the first United States Senator for the U.S. state of Maryland.  He served as a delegate to the Continental Congress and the Confederation Congress.  He was also a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

His list of accomplishments is very long.  However, there is one thing that many fans of the railroad are very proud of.

A Painting at the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Maryland

He was living at a home known as Mount Clare in Baltimore, Maryland.  What was special about Mount Clare?  It was Charles Carroll who donated his land to allow the first railroad in North America to be built.

The Mount Clare House in Baltimore, Maryland, the home of Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Today, you can visit the home that donated the land for the railroad although much of the original land has been built upon.  You can also ride the first mile and a half of railroad in North America.  You can get more information at www.borail.org and www.mountclare.org.

The First Stone of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad at the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Maryland

The next time you see a train, remember the name Charles Carroll of Carrollton, a man who helped start it all.

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Number 51 at the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Maryland

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