Edward Rutledge


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Edward RutledgeRutledge, EDWARD, a signer of the Declaration of Independence; born in Charleston, South Carolina, November 23, 1749; son of Chief-Justice John Rutledge; completed his law studies in England, and began practice in Charleston in 1773. He was a member of the first Continental Congress, and continued there until 1777. He was distinguished as a debater; was a member of the first board of war, and was on the committee to confer with Lord Howe, in 1776. In 1780 he was made a prisoner at Charleston, and sent to St. Augustine, and did not return until 1782. In the South Carolina legislature he drew up (1791) the law abolishing primogeniture, and was an ardent advocate of the national Constitution. He was governor of South Carolina from 1798 until his death, in Charleston, January 23, 1800.



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