Archives of Maryland
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Mary Carter Thompson Carroll (1846-1899)
MSA SC 3520-2277
First Lady of Maryland, 1877-1880

Extended Biography:

Mary Carter Thompson Carroll, daughter of Lucas Thompson, was born in Virginia about 1847.1  As a young single woman, Mary was socially active in Baltimore when not traveling throughout Europe with one of her five sisters.She was about 32 years old when she married the widowed Governor John Lee Carroll in April 1877.3  The couple had one son during Carroll's governorship, Philip Acosta Carroll, who was born in Baltimore on May 10, 1879.4  At the end of Carroll's administration, the family returned to Howard County and ran a large farm called “Doughoregan Manor” that included many servants.5 Governor Carroll's two oldest daughters by his first marriage, Mary Louise and Anita Maria, assisted Mary in running the household.6  A devout Catholic, Mary died March 8, 1899 and was buried at the family vault at Bonnie Brae Cemetery in Baltimore.7

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