National Historical Publications & Records Commission

John Rutledge Papers

(Microfilm Edition)

Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina

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John Rutledge (1739 –1800) was an American statesman and judge. He was the first Governor of South Carolina following the signing of the United States Constitution. Rutledge was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, where he chaired a committee that wrote much of what was included in the final version of the United States Constitution, which he also signed. He served as an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, and was the second Chief Justice of the Court from July to December 1795. He was the elder brother of Edward Rutledge, a signatory of the Declaration of Independence.

2 reels, 12-page guide

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This bust of John Rutledge is located in the United States Supreme Court.


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