Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Profile: James Fowler Rusling, 1834-1918
James F. Rusling, LL.D. was born April 14, 1834 at Washington, Warren County, New Jersey and moved to Trenton in March 1845. He was educated at Trenton Academy, Pennington Seminary and Dickinson College. He was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1859. In August 1861, he became First Lieutenant, New Jersey Infantry Volunteers and served in the Civil War. By the end of the war, he was Inspector of the Quartermaster Department of the US Army. He received a brevet promotion in February 1866 as Brigadier General of Volunteers before returning to private law practice in Trenton in September 1867. He organized four land associations in Trenton from 1869 to 1881 (Linden Park, Hamilton Avenue, Greenwood Avenue and Broad Street) and became secretary, treasurer and solicitor of each. He was one of the founders of the Broad Street (Trenton) and Broad Street Park Methodist Episcopal Churches.