Biographical Sketches of Eminent American Statesmen, with Speeches, Addresses and Letters

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JOHN RUTLEDGE.

This illustrious son of Carolina, pre-eminently distinguished for his eloquence, ability, statesmanship and patriotism, was born in Charleston in 1739. His father, Dr. John Rutledge, and his brother, Andrew, came to South Carolina in 1735, from Ireland. Andrew was a lawyer. About the same time a wine merchant by the name of Hext, emigrated from England and settled in Charleston. He died soon afterwards, and Andrew Rutledge married his widow, and John married his youngest daughter, who gave birth to Chief Justice Rutledge in her fifteenth year. She afterwards gave birth to Edward Rutledge, signer of the Declaration of Independence and Governor of South Carolina, and also Hugh Rutledge, who was one of the Chancellors of the State. There were four sisters of Mrs. Rutledge, and one of them married John McCall, another married Prioleau, a third married Dart, and the fourth, Mr. Roper. Mrs. Rutledge was a woman of great energy and more than ordinary endowments. She was left a widow at an early age, and had the entire education of her children. Possessing an ample fortune in her own right, she sent her sons to England to finish their education.

John Rutledge, after completing his college studies, determined to read law, and was entered a student of the Temple in London, and in due course of time was licensed as a barrister. He returned home in 1761, and commenced his brilliant professional career. The first case in which he was employed was for a breach of a marriage promise. His debut at the Bar astonished and electrified the court and jury. At one bound he

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • P R E F a C E. v
  • Introduction vii
  • An Outline Of Governor Perry's Life. 1
  • Editorial Comments. 13
  • Action of The House of Representatives Of South Carolina. 19
  • Proceedings Of The Greenville Bar. 27
  • Proceedings in The Court of Common Pleas. Greenville, April 6th, 1887. 37
  • Fourth of July Oration. 47
  • An Address 65
  • Address - Delivered Before the Literary Societies of Erskine College, Abbeville District, S. C., on the Fifth Anniversary, Sept. 18, 1844 85
  • Speech 111
  • Speech of B. F. Perry, Of South Carolina. 145
  • Address - To the Democracy of the Fifth Congressional District in South Carolina, May 28, 1860. 153
  • Disunion. 171
  • The National Democratic Convention in Charleston, 1860. 186
  • United States Senator. 190
  • National Restoration. 191
  • Editorials - Approving of the Nomination of Governor Perry for Congress. 204
  • The Ancients and the Moderns. - A Comparison 217
  • Sketches Of Eminent American Statemen. 243
  • John Adams. 248
  • John Rutledge. 254
  • William H. 270
  • Patrick Henry. 279
  • Alexander Hamilton. 289
  • Benjamin Franklin. 308
  • William Pinkney. 329
  • Thomas Jefferson. 339
  • James Madison. 350
  • John Randolph. 382
  • John Jay. 393
  • Oliver Ellsworth. 403
  • William Smith. 410
  • Henry Laurens. 420
  • Gouverneur Morris. 428
  • William Henry Drayton. 441
  • Charles Pickney. 447
  • Arthur Middleton. 454
  • Pierce Butler. 459
  • Theophilus Parsons. 478
  • David Ramsay. 496
  • Fisher Ames. 518
  • Felix Grundy. 546
  • Edward Livingston. 555
  • Wade Hampton. 564
  • Thomas Sumter. 570
  • Colonel Benjamin Cleveland. 577
  • Colonel Benjamin Roebuck. 592
  • Letter from Dr. F. Peyre Porcher. 599
  • Letter from James P. Adams. 600
  • Letter from Col. Joseph N. Brown, an Ex-Confederate Colonel. 601
  • Extract from a Letter Written by a Gentle Man in Charleston to Gov. Perry. 602
  • Monument to Governor Perry. 608
  • Index. 611
  • Errata. 613
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