Rutledge, Edward, an American statesman; born in Charleston, S.C., Nov. 23, 1749; was a member of the Continental Congress in 1774-1777; and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. He was lieutenant-colonel of the Charleston Artillery which aided in expelling the British from the island of Port Royal in 1779; and was captured in 1780 and imprisoned for a year in St. Augustine. At the conclusion of hostilities, he resumed the practice of law in Charleston; and was elected governor of South Carolina in 1798. He died in Charleston, S.C., Jan. 23, 1800.

Entry from Everybody's Cyclopedia, 1912.

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