The Real Face of Charles Carroll of Carrollton

A facial reconstruction based upon the life mask cast by John Henri Isaac Browere

The real face Charles Carroll of Carrollton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, based upon his 1826 life mask, cast by John Henri Issac Browere. The mold was taken when Carroll was at the ripe age of 89.

Charles Carroll of Carollton life mask
The 1826 life mask of Charles Carroll, age 89.

He was the only Catholic signatory of the Declaration of Independence and the longest surviving, dying 56 years after its signing in 1832. Among the esteemed Founding Fathers of the United States, Carroll's contributions abound. He graced the Continental Congress and Confederation Congress as a delegate and later ascended to become Maryland's first representative in the United States Senate. In the constellation of Declaration signers, Carroll shone as the brightest star in terms of wealth and formal education. Having imbibed knowledge during his 17-year tutelage under Jesuits in France, he wielded fluency in five languages.

Charles Carroll of Carollton life mask facial reconstruction
Charles Carroll of Carrollton life mask facial reconstruction

Born in Annapolis, Maryland, Carroll inherited expansive agricultural domains, solidifying his status as the wealthiest figure in the American colonies when the flames of the American Revolution ignited in 1775. At that juncture, his personal coffers brimmed with a reputed 2,100,000 pounds sterling, a staggering equivalent of $375 million.

While from 1781 to 1800, Carroll dutifully served in the Maryland Senate, his trajectory took him to the inaugural ranks of Maryland's representatives in the United States Senate. Yet, in 1792, he relinquished his seat, bowing to a Maryland law that barred individuals from concurrently occupying both state and federal offices. Upon retiring from the public sphere, Carroll continued to shape history by playing a vital role in the establishment of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.

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I am Cheryl A. Daniel, also known as Digital Yarbs, an ardent aficionado of both Photoshop and history. My passion lies in reconstructing life masks, statues, and busts of renowned early Americans and other prominent historical figures. At, you can delve into a captivating collection of reconstructions and animations derived from these life masks, showcasing how these subjects might have appeared in daguerreotypes and photographs. Along the way, I sprinkle fascinating historical tidbits to enrich your journey. Among my reconstructions, you will discover the faces of illustrious individuals such as George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Dolley Madison, Marquis de Lafayette, Henry Clay, and an array of others!

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