Family Research Council

More than Just a Movie Character!


By Tony Perkins
July 21, 2014

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You've heard of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison, but what about founding father Charles Carroll? Hello, I'm Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington. Chances are, if you've ever heard of Charles Carroll, it was in the 2004 Disney movie National Treasure. In it, he was shown as the last living signer of the Declaration of Independence. But what you might not know is that Charles Carroll was a great actor in the fight for American freedom. Carroll was a chief opponent of the Stamp Act, served on the Continental Congresses, signed the Declaration, helped write the Maryland Constitution, and supported religious freedom. As a Catholic, he fought for voting rights for Catholics in Maryland. George Washington admired Carroll so much that Washington asked Carroll to accept his resignation from the military in 1783. Carroll "was a leader in a generation of leaders." Politicians today would do well to studies the values of faith and freedom of men like Carroll who helped shape our nation.

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