Awarded by the president of the Maryland Senate to Marylanders
who have been dedicated and effective participants in the process of making
government work for the benefit of all. The award is named for Charles
Carroll of Carrollton, who wrote a series of influential letters published
in 1773 in the Maryland Gazette under the name "First Citizen."
At the time, Carroll, as a Roman Catholic, was barred from public office,
but his First Citizen letters launched a long career of public service.
He was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, helped shape Maryland's
first Constitution, and served in the State Senate, Continental Congress
and U.S. Senate.
In his First Citizen letters, Carroll strongly defended the idea of
an independent legislature and argued that government must work for the
benefit of all. He called for a radical restructuring of government based
on the advice and consent of the people, ideas which contributed to the
coming of the American Revolution.
The First Citizen Award features an image of the commemorative medal,
shown above, commissioned for Carroll in 1826 in honor of his public service. It is presented in a ceremony in the Senate by State Archivist Edward C. Papenfuse, on behalf of the president of the Senate, Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr.
C. Malkus, Jr.
L. Goldstein and Margaret
Clark, Jr., John
A. Cade and Clarence
H. Smelser and William
Robert C. Murphy and Judge
Robert F. Sweeney
Lapides and Oden
E. Kirwan and Melvin
Vernon Boozer and Rosalie
Neall, and Earl
N. Dixon, Thomas
L. Bromwell and Walter
R. Taylor, Jr. and Bishop
L. Robinson, Sr.
C. Bradlee, William
Henry Cardinal Keeler, and Howard
D. Tydings and Charles
G. Madden, and J.
Joseph Curran, Jr., and William
J. McFadden, J.
Lowell Stoltzfus, and Norman
R. Stone, Jr.
A. Hrabowski III and C.
Daniel Mote, Jr.
||Brian E. Frosh and Thomas McLain Middleton|
||Michael E. Busch, Thomas McLain Middleton, and Joy R. Walker|
||Helen Delich Bentley, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and Victoria L. Gruber|