Thursday, September 17, 2009

Constitution Day

Daniel Carroll (July 22, 1730 – July 5, 1796) was a politician and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was a prominent member of one of America's great colonial families that included his cousin Charles Carroll of Carrollton who signed the Declaration of Independence, and his brother John Carroll who was the first Catholic bishop in the United States. He was one of only five men to sign both the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution of the United States.

On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. I am so proud that my ancestors were a part of the Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution. Both Daniel and Charles Carroll of Carrollton played integral parts in the founding of our government that we use today. I have written on previous posts about how my great, great (etc.) grandfather Charles signed the Declaration of Independence, but I failed to mention that his cousin Daniel was also involved in putting the Constitution together. I wonder if they knew at the time what a huge part of American history they were creating?

In honor of Constitution Day, the kid's school wanted everyone to wear red, white and blue. Mr. K and I joined in on the patriotic gesture, too. A lot has changed in American politics, especially over the past several months. But one thing will always remain the same~ our freedom and independence, and the great document that paved the way for what America is today... at least that is what I hope for.


The Voice said...

It is awesome to be ale to put your inherited finger on the pulse of history. I should go and check out my bloodline. There is always that six degrees of separation so I can be kin to anyone in the world.

I would have posted yesterday, but you had to post by sound and my speakers have fritzed on me.

Has American politics really changed lately? Everything seems pretty much the same to me. Same arguments just presented by different faces.

Jeni said...

Love the history and the bloodline. Your people had a very important role in life. How wonderful & how wonderful it is for you to share about it. I am sure that they are proud of you as well.
there was a relative on my dad's side on the Supreme Court & there was also a Vegas dancer on his side too :)... hehe ~ we had beauty & brains!