Lycurgus J. Rusk

Lycurgus James Rusk was a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly.


Rusk was born on March 13, 1851, in Morgan County, Ohio. The following year, he moved with his parents to Viroqua, Wisconsin.[1] His father, Jeremiah McLain Rusk, would become a noted officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War, a member of the United States House of Representatives, Governor of Wisconsin and United States Secretary of Agriculture. The younger Rusk graduated from what is now the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1870 and later attended Harvard Law School and began practicing law. Additionally, he served in the Wisconsin National Guard, reaching the rank of colonel.

In 1877, Rusk married Ada M. Robson.[2] They would have three daughters. In 1885, Rusk moved to Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Rusk died on November 5, 1928, at St. Joseph's Hospital, in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, after a short illness.[3]

Political careerEdit

Rusk was a member of the Assembly during the 1899 session.[4] He was a Republican.


  1. ^ The Law Makers of Wisconsin. Milwaukee: The Evening Wisconsin Company. 1899. p. 88.
  2. ^ Reuben Gold Thwaites, ed. (1900). The University of Wisconsin. Madison, Wisconsin: J. N. Purcell. p. 620. Retrieved 2018-04-22. Lycurgus J. Rusk+Wisconsin.
  3. ^ 'Colonel L.J. Rusk Dies In Chippewa Hospital,' Stevens Point Daily Journal, November 7, 1928, pg. 12
  4. ^ Lawrence S. Barish, ed. (2007). State of Wisconsin Blue Book. p. 172.

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