GEORGE T. RUTLEDGE, one of the whole souled and genial men of Randolph Township, whose faculties are well balanced and who has a capacity for the intelligent enjoyment of the good things of this life, owns and occupies a fine homestead on section 36, which by his own industry he has brought to a fine state of cultivation. He has also erected a handsome and substantial farm dwelling, a good barn and all necessary outbuildings, and possesses all the implements and machinery for carrying on agriculture in a first-class manner. He has been straightforward and upright in his business methods and occupies an enviable position among the reliable men of his community.

Mr. Rutledge is a native of Randolph Township and was born on the old homestead of his father Aug. 26, 1834, being the eldest son of R. H. Rutledge, a native of South Carolina. He was the eldest son and third child of a family of twelve, six sons and six daughters, three of each now being deceased. George T. was reared to farming pursuits, pursuing his primary studies in the common schools, after which he entered Wesleyan University [ed., Illinois Wesleyan University] at Bloomington, where he took a thorough course of study, and from which he became fully equipped for the further duties of life.

Mr. Rutledge was married, in St. Louis, Mo., on the 10th of July, 1860, to Miss Ann M. Wagoner, the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Ross) Wagoner. Her father was an extensive and well-to-do farmer of Downs Township, this county. Mrs. Rutledge was born in Center County, Pa., Nov. 6, 1842. She was only two years old when her parents removed from the Keystone State to Tippecanoe County, Ind., where they lived upon a farm for twelve years. Thence, in 1856 they removed to Illinois, and located on a farm in Downs Township, this county, which the father had purchased a year previously. He was then in moderate circumstances but became very successful after coming to McLean County, and is now one of the independent farmers of Downs Township. Mrs. R. remained under the home roof until her marriage with our subject. She has become the mother of ten children, one deceased and one married. The latter, Aldora, is the wife of D. H. Morgan, and resides at Bloomington; Joseph C., Laura E., Mary F., Robt. H., Jessie M., Frank M., Addie E. and Herrnon H. are at home with their parents. Our subject and his wife, with one son and three daughters, are members in good standing of the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which Mr. R. is Steward. Socially he belongs to the I. O. O. F. , and politically is an uncompromising Democrat.

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 624. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards. Please link to this page if you find it useful and drop us a note if you do!


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