Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Grave of Andrew Jackson's Spanish translator found

Edward Augustus Rutledge had family ties to Nashville, Declaration of Independence

Florida was Spanish colony from 1783 until 1821, when Jackson was appointed military governor of the U.S. territory

The Saratogian reports that the grave of Edward Augustus Rutledge, a Spanish-language interpreter for Andrew Jackson in Florida, has been found by family members. Rutledge's family had ties to Nashville and to the Declaration of Independence:
SARATOGA SPRINGS - Edward Augustus Rutledge had it all in the summer of 1826.

A grandson of two signers of the Declaration of Independence - Edward Rutledge and Arthur Middleton, both of South Carolina - his family had been granted 73,000 acres near what's now Nashville, Tenn. Only 24 years old, he had already served as a Spanish translator for family friend Andrew Jackson during Jackson's tenure as colonial governor of Florida.

Jackson, who would become president two years later, recommended Rutledge to be his successor in Florida.

But on July 16, 1826, Rutledge took his own life...

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