Lead:  In 1832 Charles Carroll of Carrollton died. He was one of America's wealthiest men and the sole surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Charles Carroll was slightly out of place in that distinguished company. They had gathered in Philadelphia on that hot August day in 1776 to sign the month-old Declaration freshly copied on parchment. He was a new representative to the Congress, its sole Roman Catholic member, and probably the richest man in America. One observer knowledgeable of the Carroll fortune remarked, "There go a few millions." It was act of conspicuous courage. If Britain put down the revolution, not only would the men whose names appeared on that document lose their property, they would likely also enjoy a noose around their necks.

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