Glenn Rutledge was born in Pine Grove, Louisiana, August 28, 1906. He received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Louisiana State University in 1926. Following graduation, he spent 14 years at the Biloxi-Gulfport Daily Herald at Gulfport, Mississippi.
He spent more than five years in the Army during World War II and was discharged with the rank of colonel.
After serving briefly as extension editor at Arkansas following the war, he was appointed editor of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station in 1948. He served in this position until his retirement in 1971.
After retirement, he continued working in communications, serving as secretary-treasurer of the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists. He was also active in his church and in local civic affairs, and was a past president of the Starkville Rotary club.
He died June 23, 1976, in Starkville, Mississippi. He was 69 years old.