Who are John Rutledge, James Wilson John Dickinson, and Governeur Morris, and which philosophies influenced them?
First of all, as you cover John Rutledge, please specify that he was highly noted as a signer of the Declaration of Independence. As you explore his origins, he was born near Charleston, SC, in 1739 (http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/B/rutledge/rutledge.htm).
Besides law, he was also quite politically active. For example, his philosophies also centered on ensuring that the U.S. colonies would receive self-government and still initially keep their ties to Britain (http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/B/rutledge/rutledge.htm).
Besides serving on the First Continental Congress and Second Continental Congress, he was also critical in his own state of South Carolina where he was pivotal in reorganizing its government and writing the state constitution (http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/B/rutledge/rutledge.htm).
Besides that, he was also a delegate to the Continental Congress and historians call him "One of the most influential delegates at the Constitutional Convention, where he maintained a moderate nationalist stance and chaired the Committee of Detail, he attended all the sessions, spoke often and effectively, and served on five committees. Like his fellow South Carolina delegates, he vigorously advocated southern interests" (http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/B/rutledge/rutledge.htm). ...
John Rutledge, James Wilson, John Dickinson, and Governeur Morris are examined briefly.