|Member of Parliament |
2 October 1855 – 7 May 1859
|Preceded by||Edward Fellowes|
|Succeeded by||Edward Fellowes|
Rust was first elected Conservative MP for Huntingdonshire at a by-election in 1855—caused by the succession of William Montagu to 7th Duke of Manchester. He was again elected at the 1857 general election, although the vote unusually resulted in a triple return with his fellow incumbent Conservative MP Edward Fellowes securing the same number of votes as the Whig cricketer John Heathcote. After scrutiny, Heathcote was declared unduly elected a few months later. Rust held the seat until the 1859 general election when he did not stand.
- Rayment, Leigh (28 February 2018). "The House of Commons: Constituencies beginning with "H"". Leigh Rayment's Peerage Page. Archived from the original on 4 August 2018. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
- "Parliamentary Intelligence". Newcastle Journal. 8 August 1857. p. 6. Retrieved 4 August 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
- Craig, F. W. S., ed. (1977). British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885 (e-book) (1st ed.). London: Macmillan Press. pp. 380–381. ISBN 978-1-349-02349-3.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Mr James Rust
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Huntingdonshire
With: Edward Fellowes
John Heathcote (April – July 1857)
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