John Rutledge – October 8, 1775

Experience the American dream with today’s Patriots of the Past interview. I’m your host, John Gillespie.

It’s October 8, 1775. I’m riding back to South Carolina with John Rutledge, a vociferous member of the Continental Congress.

JG: “Mr. Rutledge, why are you in such a hurry?”

JR: “John, the king refuses to reason with us. We have time and time again pleaded and petitioned him to compromise, yet, he ignores our overtures. Now, we must prepare for war.”

John Rutledge went on to write the Constitution of South Carolina and help frame the U.S. Constitution.

Read the full text of the 1776 Constitution of South Carolina.

John and Jan Gillespie are the founders of the Rawhide Boys’ Ranch; they have fostered 351 teenagers and wrote the book Our 351 Sons; they have also assisted numerous churches in developing youth programs and expanding their total church ministries. After running for U.S. Senate, John founded 1776 American Dream, which exists to demonstrate the vision of our founding fathers and help our generation of youth passionately embrace those values.

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