Archibald Rutledge
1883 -1973

South Carolina ConnectionArchibald Rutledge

Archibald Rutledge was born in McClellanville, South Carolina. He was the first Poet Laureate of South Carolina.

Selected Bibliography

  • Tom and I on the Old Plantation, 1918
  • Old Plantation Days, 1921
  • Heart of the South, 1924
  • Peace in the Heart, 1930
  • Those Were the Days, 1955
  • From the Hills to the Seas: Fact and Legend of the Carolinas 1958
  • The Banners of the Coast, Poetry, 1908
  • The Everlasting Light, and Other Poems, 1949
  • Brimming Tide, and Other Poems, 1954
  • The Ballad of the Howling Hound, and Other Poems, 1965
  • I Hear American Singing, Poetry, 1970

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Archibald Rutledge was born on October 23, 1883 in McClellanville, South Carolina. He is most famous for his poetry and was named Poet Laureate of South Carolina beginning in 1934 by legislative action. Rutledge was also South Carolina's elector to the Hall of Fame. Before he died, he recorded seventy-five of his poems for the Library of Congress. In addition, over sixty of his poems have been set to music. During his lifetime, Mr. Rutledge received seventeen hononary degrees, including a M.A. from Union College in 1907. He was also the recipient of more than thirty medals, including the John Burroughs Medal for nature writing. In addition, Archibald Rutledge was an active member in many organizations, including the American Society of Arts and Letters, the American Poetry Society, and the Neucomen Society. He died on September 15, 1973.

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  • Poet Laureate of South Carolina, 1934
  • South Carolina's elector to the Hall of Fame

Selected Links

Letters of Archibald Rutledge This site describes the collection of letters at Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina.

Biography of Archibald Hamilton Rutledge This site includes a biography of Mr. Rutledge.

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