Bishop John Carroll (1735–1815)

Bishop, Archbishop of Baltimore, 1790–1815

Named the first bishop in the United States in 1789, John was the brother of Daniel Carroll and a relative of Declaration of Independence signer Charles Carroll. With Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Chase, and Charles Carroll, he was charged with a mission to Canada in the hope of securing that colony's neutrality during the Revolution. A Jesuit before the suppression of the order, among Carroll's accomplishments was the founding of Georgetown University.


Catholic Encyclopedia


C. Carter, "Catholic Founding Fathers: The Carroll Family," Catholic Education Resource Center