Rutledge, John, 1739-1800

Alternative names
Birth 1739
Death 1800

Biographical notes:

American statesman and jurist.

From the description of Autograph letter in third person : [Charleston?], to William Drayton, 1788 Aug. 4. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270633315

State legislator, militia officer, and U.S. Representative from South Carolina.

From the description of Papers, 1760-1862; (bulk 1788-1798). (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 20159068

Governor of South Carolina, delegate from South Carolina to U.S. Continental Congress, and jurist.

From the description of Papers of John Rutledge, 1761-1786. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71015427

Continental Congressman, Governor of South Carolina, jurist.

From the description of ALS, 1781 September 21 : Capt. Richardsons, to General Nathanael Greene. (Copley Press, J S Copley Library). WorldCat record id: 13901909

Rutledge was a member of the Continental Congress from South Carolina (1774-1776, 1782-1783), a judge on the South Carolina Court of Chancery (from 1784), a member of the state legislature (1784-1790) and was appointed chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1795).

From the description of Letter to John Kean, 8 December 1787. (Harvard Law School Library). WorldCat record id: 235144360

Charleston and Christ Church Parish, South Carolina attorney. John Rutledge served as the governor of South Carolina, as a U.S. Supreme Court justice, and as a U.S. Continental Congressman.

From the description of Letter : to South Carolina delegates, 1779 March 17. (The South Carolina Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 32140188

Charleston, South Carolina attorney and politician. Rutledge was a South Carolina Representative for several terms between 1761-1779 and later periods. He also held other offices including Governor of South Carolina (1779-1782), Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court (1789-1791), and Chief Justice of South Carolina (1791-1795).

From the description of John Rutledge account book, 1761-1779. (The South Carolina Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 32139138

John Rutledge was Governor of South Carolina (Jul. 1776-Mar. 1778; Jan. 1779-Jan. 1782), Associate Justice (1789-1791) and Chief Justice (Jul. 1795-Dec. 1795) of the U.S. Supreme Court. He was a delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention and signer of the U.S. Constitution.

Edward Rutledge, eldest brother of John, was a signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence for South Carolina and Governor of South Carolina (Dec. 1798-Jan. 1800).

From the description of [Document] 1794 Aug. 1 / J. Rutledge. (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 352925590


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