John Wilson Ruckman: Scholar, Soldier and Public Figure

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P. S. Ruckman

Rock Valley College; Pardon Power Blog

Date Written: October 1, 2007

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Ruckman, P. S., John Wilson Ruckman: Scholar, Soldier and Public Figure (October 1, 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2214596 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2214596

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