Business was the focus of Maryland's colonial gentry and Dr. Charles Carroll and his son, Charles Carroll, barrister, were ideal representatives of this group. Their pursuit of wealth belied the traditionally accepted view of eighteenth-century gentry as a leisured class who derived their income solely from landed estates and investments. Nor were the Doctor or Barrister focused only on the production of tobacco. Instead, their agricultural and non-agricultural ventures displayed a diversity which would be understood and lauded by today's businessman. With their focus on profit-making and the vagaries of the international market, they were not wedded to the production of tobacco. Instead, they explored the export of grains, the production of flour, other local and international mercantile ventures, as well as the cutting edge industry of its time, the manufacture of iron. Even with their determined acquisition of wealth, neither man neglected the markers which established them as members of Maryland's gentry. They were men of their times.
|Commitee:||Grubb, James S., Tatarewicz, Joseph N.|
|School:||University of Maryland, Baltimore County|
|School Location:||United States -- Maryland|
|Source:||MAI 48/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Biographies, American history|
|Keywords:||Charles Carroll, Colonial, Elite, Entrepreneur, Gentry, Maryland|
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