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SC Governors – Edward Rutledge, 1798-1800


South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor Edward Rutledge

Edward Rutledge:  Biographical Facts


Portrait of Edward Rutledge
Edward Rutledge
(Courtesy of the Library of Congress)

Edward Rutledge:  Education

  • Middle Temple - London, England 1767

Edward Rutledge:  Occupations

  • Captain, South Carolina Militia
  • Lawyer

Edward Rutledge:  Major Events and Accomplishments, 1798–1800

  • The office of comptroller was established
  • 1800 – Governor Rutledge died in office

Edward Rutledge:  Other Government Positions

  • Continental Congress, 1774-1777
  • South Carolina House of Representatives, 1778
  • US House of Representatives, 1782-1796
  • South Carolina Senate, 1796-1798

Edward Rutledge:  Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

  • 1776 – Rutledge signed the Declaration of Independence
  • 1780 – Rutledge was taken prisoner by the British at the surrender of Charleston
  • Rutledge's brother John Rutledge also served as governor
  • A ship used by the US Navy in World War II was named for Edward Rutledge

Edward Rutledge:  Election Results

  • On December 18, 1798, the South Carolina General Assembly elected Rutledge for governor by secret ballot.

Edward Rutledge:  Web Resources



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