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Archibald Rutledge was born in McClellanville, South Carolina. He was the first Poet Laureate of South Carolina.
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.
Letters of Archibald Rutledge This site describes the collection of letters at Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina.
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