John & Edward Rutledge of South Carolina

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University of Georgia Press, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 385 pages
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This masterful biography chronicles the lives of John Rutledge and Edward Rutledge, members of one of the nation's most influential political families during the American Revolutionary period. Raised in Charleston, each Rutledge brother went on to serve as a representative to the Continental Congress and as governor of South Carolina.

John Rutledge (1739-1800) was a wealthy planter and successful lawyer, a leader in South Carolina's colonial Commons House of Assembly, and a delegate to the First and Second Continental Congresses. As chief executive of the state during most of the War for Independence, he was instrumental in its defense and recovery after the British conquest of 1780. One of the leading delegates to the United States constitutional convention in 1787, he served as chief justice of South Carolina, and briefly as associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Edward Rutledge (1749-1800), also trained as a lawyer, was a delegate to the First and Second Continental Congresses and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. As a leader in the state legislature in the 1780s and 1790s and as governor, he had great influence in state and national politics.

While providing insight into the remarkable lives and careers of the Rutledges, this account also serves as a fascinating history of the American Revolution and the formation of a new nation.

 

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Contents

Rise of the Second Generation
12
Defending English Rights 17611766
22
A Deepening Crisis 17661774
36
The Final Crisis
58
Independence and the Rutledge Presidency
83
The Defense and Fall of Charleston m
113
Exile and Return
138
Peace and Personal Reconstruction
162
The 1780s
182
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James Haw is an associate professor of history at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne. He is coauthor of Stormy Patriot: The Life of Samuel Chase.

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