John Wilson Ruckman: Scholar, Soldier and Public Figure
29 Pages Posted: 10 Feb 2013 Last revised: 27 Nov 2020
Date Written: October 1, 2007
This paper presents the first comprehensive scholarly overview of the life of John Wilson Ruckman (1858-1921), a native of Sidney, Illinois. Ruckman's educational credentials, scholarship and military career path might well warrant separate papers in themselves, but this paper will discuss those aspects of his life only briefly, and primarily as background information to a more thorough discussion of his prominence as a high ranking military officer and public figure. The Washington Post first printed Ruckman's name in 1880, before he had even graduated from West Point. But, by the time his amazing career had ended, his name and photograph had appeared in the Post, the New York Times, the Boston Daily Globe and Christian Science Monitor alone well over 300 times. Thus, this paper will give particular attention to a few key episodes which enhanced Ruckman’s name recognition and highlighted persistent themes that clearly played a central role throughout in his life and career.
Keywords: military, army, Illinois history, generals, west point, coast artillery, president, Wilson, Roosevelt, pardons
JEL Classification: A00, N4, N41
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