Carroll, Anna Ella
- Janet L. Coryell
Carroll, Anna Ella (29 August 1815–19 February 1894), writer and political lobbyist, was born in Somerset County, Maryland, the daughter of Thomas King Carroll, a plantation owner and, later, governor of Maryland, and Julianna Stevenson, daughter of a prominent Baltimore physician. The eldest of nine children, Carroll received an unusually thorough education from her father, including the subjects of history, geography, philosophy, and law. Although little evidence remains of her life prior to midcentury, Carroll was clearly fascinated by politics at a precocious age, writing at fourteen to her governor father, “It is my principle, as well as that of Lycurgus, to avoid ‘mediums’—that is to say people who are not decidedly one thing or the other. In politics they are the inveterate enemies of the state” (Blackwell, ...