John RUTLEDGE, Jr., Congress, SC
RUTLEDGE, John, Jr., (son of John Rutledge and nephew of Edward Rutledge), a Representative from South Carolina; born in Charleston, S.C., in 1766; received private instruction and also attended school in Charleston and Philadelphia; studied law with his father; was admitted to the bar about 1787 and practiced in Charleston, S.C.; also engaged as a planter; member of the State house of representatives 1788-1794 and in 1811; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1794 to the Fourth Congress; elected as a Federalist to the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Congresses (March 4, 1797-March 3, 1803); unsuccessful candidate for election to the Thirteenth Congress; commanded a company of the Twenty-eighth Regiment, South Carolina Militia, in 1799; promoted to major and in 1804 succeeded to the command of the regiment and served as its commander in the War of 1812; commanded the Seventh Brigade from 1816 until his death; died in Philadelphia, Pa., September 1, 1819.
BibliographyFurlong, Patrick J. “John Rutledge, Jr., and the Election of a Speaker of the House in 1799.“ William and Mary Quarterly 3rd ser., 24 (July 1967): 432-36; Ratzlaff, Robert K. “John Rutledge, Jr., South Carolina Federalist, 1766-1819.“ Ph.D. dissertation, University of Kansas, 1975.
Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present