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QFF 2021-11-20
Posted on Nov 20th, 2021

            Quick Fact Friday
 Happy Birthday, Edward Rutledge!
In today’s Quick Fact Friday, the Historical Commission wishes a happy (early) 272nd birthday to founding father Edward Rutledge. Edward, the youngest brother of John Rutledge, was born on November 23, 1749 and died January 23, 1800. Edward was born to Dr. John Rutledge and Sarah Hext Rutledge in Christ Church Parish. His father was an Irish immigrant and one of the first to practice medicine in the parish. His mother was a member of the prestigious Boone family. Thus, Edward Rutledge was a great grandson of Major John Boone and Elizabeth Patey Boone who founded Boone Hall Plantation. His parents lived on a plantation in the vicinity of today's Laurel Hill Plantation on Route 41 in Mount Pleasant. Most notably, at 26 years of age, Edward Rutledge was the youngest delegate to sign the Declaration of Independence. As a gifted attorney and orator, he proved himself a persuasive force within the South Carolina delegation. When President George Washington made a tour of southern states in the spring of 1791, Edward Rutledge was frequently among the dignitaries who escorted him during his Lowcountry visit. Edward's former Lowcountry residence is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, the elegant Governor's House is a historic bed and breakfast.
For more information: Town website, Our History page
The Town of Mount Pleasant Historical Commission releases Quick Fact Fridays about the history of Mount Pleasant and about the Commission, its programs and activities. Historical facts are drawn largely from the Our History section of the Town's website and the Commission's own Mount Pleasant Historical website and app. Follow their links by clicking on the images below to discover what makes Mount Pleasant such a distinctive historical place! To receive Quick Fact Friday messages click here to subscribe. Email us at kmiller@tompsc.com if you're interested in learning more about a particular Mount Pleasant history topic!
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