John Rutledge
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"John Rutledge" was the second Chief Justice of the United States/Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

A lawyer and a judge, Rutledge was a delegate to the Stamp Act Congress and the Continental Congress, President and then List of Governors of South Carolina/Governor of South Carolina during the American Revolution, a delegate to the Philadelphia Convention/Constitutional Convention of 1787, and an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States/U.S. Supreme Court. He was the elder brother of Edward Rutledge, a signatory of the Declaration of Independence. Like many prominent European-American men in South Carolina at the time, he owned African American people as slaves.

According to the state library of South Carolina:

:"Although Rutledge claimed that he disliked slavery, as an attorney he twice defended individuals who abused slaves. Before the American Revolution, Rutledge owned sixty slaves; afterward, he possessed twenty-eight. His wife Elizabeth emancipated her own slaves, and his nieces were abolitionists Grimké sisters / Sarah and Angelina Grimké. Despite this, Rutledge convinced the Constitutional Convention not to abolish slavery. When Rutledge died in 1800, he only owned one slave due to financial difficulties."

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