"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."If you enjoy these quotes, be sure to check out other famous politicians! More John Rutledge on Wikipedia.