He had been given an education at an early age from his father, an Irish immigrant and a physician. John Rutledge was born in Charleston, S.C., into a politically active family.
Rutledge served as a delegate to the Stamp Act Congress, which protested taxes on the Thirteen Colonies by Great Britain. He also served as a delegate to the continental congress when the war was still going
In 1761 he was elected to the provincial assembly and held his seat until the War for He was the Revolutionary War governor of South Carolina.