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Edward Rutledge
Edward Rutledge

  • Born 23 November 1749 - Charleston Co., SC
  • Deceased 23 January 1800 - Charleston Co., SC,aged 50 years old
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RUTLEDGE, Edward, (brother of John Rutledge and uncle of John Rutledge, Jr.), a Delegate from South Carolina; born in Christ Church Parish, S.C., November 23, 1749; completed preparatory studies; studied law at the Middle Temple in London; returned to South Carolina; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in 1773; Member of the Continental Congress 1774-1776; a signer of the Declaration of Independence; was a delegate to the first provincial congress in 1775 and to the second provincial congress 1775-1776; appointed a member of the first board of war in June 1776; member of the general assembly in 1778; elected a Member of the Continental Congress in 1779 but did not take his seat; captain in the Charleston Battalion of Artillery in the Militia of South Carolina in the Revolution; taken prisoner when the British captured Charleston May 12, 1780, imprisoned at St. Augustine until July 1781, when he was exchanged; member of the state house of representatives in 1782, 1786, 1788, and 1792; member of the state constitutional convention in 1790 and was author of the act abolishing the law of primogeniture in 1791; was tendered the appointment of Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court in 1794 by President Washington, but did not accept; elected governor of South Carolina and served from December 6, 1798, until his death in Charleston, S.C., January 23, 1800; interment in St. Philip's Churchyard.
--- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

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                                                                             _____|16_George Rutledge †1671
                                                   _____|8_John Rutledge †1717
                                                  /                         ¯¯¯¯¯|17_? ?
                         _____|4_Edward Thomas Rutledge ca 1665-1725
                        /                        \
                       /                          ¯¯¯¯¯|9_Anne x
|2_John Rutledge, Dr. 1713-1750
|                      \
|                       ¯¯¯¯¯|5_Elizabeth Graem 1670-1750
|--1_Edward Rutledge, Gov. 1749-1800
|                       _____|6_Hugh Hext, Cpt. ca 1690-ca 1755
|                     /
|3_Sarah Hext 1724-1792
                       \                           _____|14_John Boone 1632-ca 1706
                        \                         /
                         ¯¯¯¯¯|7_Sarah Boone ca 1705-1743
                                                  \                         _____|30_Theophilus Patey 1632-1694
                                                   ¯¯¯¯¯|15_Elizabeth Patey ca 1665-1732
                                                                             ¯¯¯¯¯|31_Elizabeth Grant Baker 1635