John Carroll was born in Marlborough Town, Province of Maryland back in 1735 to Daniel and Eleanor. His mother had inherited several thousand acres one of the homes in on the Nation Register of Historic Places. Some of his relatives established what is now Baltimore.
His cousin Charles was the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence. Being home schooled he was sent to the College of St. Omer in French Flanders. When he was 18 he joined the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).
He remained in Europe until he was almost 40 at which time he returned to Maryland. In 1771, he founded St. John the Evangelist Parish in Silver Spring. In 1789, John was appointed the first Catholic bishop in the United States.
What you may not know about John is other being the first Catholic bishop is that he founded a school which you may have heard about, Georgetown University, the oldest Catholic university in the United States.
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