Edward Rutledge

As the youngest signer of the Declaration, Edward Rutledge was only twenty-six years old when he made the life-altering decision to pen his name. Born on November 23, 1749 in Charleston, South Carolina, he was also the youngest of seven children born to Dr. John and Sara Rutledge. Shortly after Edward’s birth, John Rutledge died, leaving his young 27-year old wife to raise seven children alone. During his formative years, Edward was educated by private tutors and worked as a clerk in his brother’s law office. When he was 20, he was sent to Middle Temple in London to study law.