Edward Rutledge

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Edward Rutledge (November 23, 1749January 23, 1800) was an American statesman, signer of the United States Declaration of Independence and governor of South Carolina.

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  • I always considered an idle Life, as a real evil, but, a life of such hurry, such constant hurry, leaves us scarcely a moment for reflection or for the discharge of any other then the most immediate and pressing concerns.
    • Quoted in James Haw, John and Edward Rutledge of South Carolina (University of Georgia Press, 1997, ISBN 0-820-31859-0), p. 233
  • Be mild and firm. Apply your best exertions to put us in a proper posture of defense.
    • Quoted in James Haw, John and Edward Rutledge of South Carolina (University of Georgia Press, 1997), p. 269
  • Oh for a fleet that could look the proudest power in Europe in the face, on this our rightful Western Ocean! But alas, it must be left to posterity — at the age of 50 I can't expect to view it unless from above.
    • Quoted in James Haw, John and Edward Rutledge of South Carolina (University of Georgia Press, 1997), p. 272

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  • I find that I can agree fully with my good friend Patrick Henry when he said it cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians, not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
    • Quoted in Robert W. Pelton, Baking Recipes of Our Founding Fathers: Authentic Baking Recipes from the Wives and Mothers Of, & Trivia About, the Signers of the Declaration of Independence and Our Constitution (Infinity Publishing 2004), p. 213. Although there is no doubt that Patrick Henry was a devout believer in Christianity, no contemporaneous reports of this specific quote exist. The earliest report attributing the quote to Patrick Henry was in 1994, in William Joseph Federer, America's God and Country (2004), p. 289. Pelton is the only source attributing this quote to Rutledge.

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