|Birth Day||July 22, 1730|
|Birth Place||Upper Marlboro, MD|
|Age||289 YEARS OLD|
|Died On||Jul 5, 1796 (age 65)|
American Founding Father, planter and Politician who signed both the Articles of Confederation and the United States Constitution. He was a strong advocate for the idea of a government that was directly responsible to the people of the country.
He was educated at the College of St. Omer in Flanders, Belgium.
He was initially barred from holding political office because of his Catholic faith; however, the unjust colonial law was overturned in 1776, at which point he began serving on the Maryland legislature. Soon thereafter, he became a member of the Continental Congress.