Charles H. Carroll

Charles Holker Carroll
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
In office
March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1847
Preceded bySeth Merrill Gates
Succeeded byRobert L. Rose
Member of the New York State Assembly from Livingston Co.
In office
Member of the New York State Senate
In office
1827 – March 1828
Preceded byJohn Bowman
Succeeded byGeorge H. Boughton
Personal details
Born(1794-05-04)May 4, 1794
Hagerstown, Maryland
DiedJune 8, 1865(1865-06-08) (aged 71)
Groveland, New York
Resting placeWilliamsburg Cemetery
Political partyWhig
Alida Maria Van Rensselaer
(m. 1820; her death 1832)
RelationsHenry Fitzhugh (brother-in-law)
Samuel S. Carroll (nephew)
ParentsCharles Carroll
Anne Sprigg
Alma materSt. Mary's College (1813)

Charles Holker Carroll (May 4, 1794 – June 8, 1865) was an American farmer and politician from New York[1] who was a descendant of the Carrolls of Carrollton and married into the Van Rensselaer family.[2]

Early life[edit]

Carroll was born on May 4, 1794 in Hagerstown, Maryland.[3] He was the son of Charles Carroll (1767–1823) and Anne Sprigg (1769–1837).[4] His siblings included William Thomas Carroll and Elizabeth Barbara Carroll (1806–1866), who was married to Henry Fitzhugh (1801–1866), an Erie Canal Commissioner and member of the New York State Assembly and the sister of Ann Carroll Fitzhugh, wife of Gerrit Smith.[3]

Carroll's paternal grandfather was Charles Carroll of Duddington (1729–1773), himself the grandson of Charles Carroll (1661-1720), a native of England who emigrated to Maryland in 1689.[3][5] His grandfather was the nephew of Charles Carroll of Annapolis and a cousin of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, a signor of the Declaration of Independence.[3]

Along with his parents, the Carroll family left Maryland for Genesee County, New York in 1811.[3] Carroll graduated from St. Mary's College in Baltimore, Maryland in 1813.[1]


He was a member of the New York State Senate (8th D.) from 1827 to 1828, sitting in the 50th and 51st New York State Legislatures. He resigned his seat in March 1828.[1]

He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Livingston Co.) in 1836. He was Chairman of the Whig state convention of 1842.[1] Carroll was known as an admirer of Henry Clay.[6]

He was elected as a Whig to the 28th and 29th United States Congresses, holding office from March 4, 1843, to March 3, 1847. Caroll was not a candidate for renomination in 1846.[1]

Later life[edit]

After retiring from Congress, Carroll returned to Groveland and managed his large landed estate, "The Hermitage". He was presidential elector on the American Party ticket in 1856.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Carroll was married to Alida Maria Van Rensselaer (1801–1832) the daughter of Jeremiah Van Rensselaer (1769–1829).[7] Alida was the niece of Jacob Rutsen Van Rensselaer and the granddaughter of Robert Van Rensselaer (1740–1802). Her older sister, Cornelia Rutsen Van Rensselaer (b. 1798), was married to Rep. Francis Granger.[2] They lived at a homestead known as "The Hermitage" in Groveland, New York. Together, they were the parents of six children, only two of which survived to maturity:[2][8]

  • Henry Carroll (1821–1828), who died young.[2]
  • Charles Carroll (1823–1830), who died young.[2]
  • Cornelia Granger Carroll (1826–1909), who married Edward Philo Fuller (1820–1866), son of Congressman Philo C. Fuller, in 1850.[2]
  • Anne Elizabeth Carroll (1828–1905), who married William Dana Fitzhugh (1824–1889), son of Dr. Daniel H. Fitzhugh and nephew of Henry Fitzhugh, in 1849.[2][6]
  • Adeline V. Carroll (1830–1860), who died unmarried.[6]
  • Alida Carroll (1831–1831), who died young.[2]

After his wife's early death in 1832, her sister, Catharine Schuyler Van Rensselaer (1802–1873), who never married, lived at "The Hermitage" and acted as a second mother to the Carroll girls.[2]

Carroll died in Groveland on June 8, 1865. He was buried at the Williamsburg Cemetery in Groveland.[1]


Through his daughter Cornelia, he was the grandfather of Sophia Fuller (b. 1854) who married Edwin Forrest Sweet (1847–1935),[9] a Congressman and Mayor of Grand Rapids, Michigan (from 1904–05) and Philo Carroll Fuller (1857–1931),[2] who also served as Mayor of Grand Rapids in 1917.[10] The Sweets were the parents of Carroll Fuller Sweet (b. 1877), George Sweet (b. 1881), Sidney Edward Sweet (b. 1883), Cornelia Van Rensselaer Sweet (b. 1886), Sophia Fuller Sweet (b. 1892).[2]

Through his daughter Anne, he was the grandfather of Anne Fitzhugh (b. 1850), Alida Catharine Fitzhugh, who died in Texas, Carroll Fitzhugh (d. 1880), Cornelia F. Fitzhugh, who married Richard Field Conover (1858–1930), Edward F. Fitzhugh, a chemist.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "CARROLL, Charles Holker - Biographical Information". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Bergen, Tunis Garret (1915). Genealogies of the State of New York: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation. Lewis Historical Publishing Company. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e Rowland, Kate Mason (1898). The Life of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, 1737-1832: With His Correspondence and Public Papers. G.P. Putnam's Sons. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  4. ^ McNamara, Robert F. (Spring 1985). "In Search of the Carrolls of Belle Vue" (PDF). Maryland Historical Magazine (80): 99–113. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  5. ^ Hess, Stephen (2015). America's Political Dynasties: From Adams to Clinton. Brookings Institution Press. ISBN 9780815727101. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  6. ^ a b c Biographical Review; this Volume Contains Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens of Livingston and Wyoming Counties, New York ... Biographical Review Publishing Company. 1895. pp. 343–344. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  7. ^ Reynolds, Cuyler (1914). Genealogical and Family History of Southern New York and the Hudson River Valley: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Building of a Nation. Lewis Historical Publishing Company. p. 1151. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  8. ^ Americana, Vol. 14. National Americana Society. 1920. p. 292. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  9. ^ "EDWIN FORREST SWEET.; Assistant Secretary of Commerce in Hoover Administration,". The New York Times. 3 April 1935. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  10. ^ "PHILO C. FULLER". The New York Times. 25 May 1931. Retrieved 18 August 2017.

External links[edit]

  • [1] Transcriptions from Gravestones, at RootsWeb
New York State Senate
Preceded by
John Bowman
New York State Senate
Eighth District (Class 4)

1827 - 1828
Succeeded by
George H. Boughton
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Seth Merrill Gates
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 29th congressional district

1843 - 1847
Succeeded by
Robert L. Rose