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William Waller Rucker (February 1, 1855 – May 30, 1936) was a U.S. Representative from Missouri.

William Waller Rucker
William W. Rucker (Missouri Congressman).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1899 – March 3, 1923
Preceded byRobert N. Bodine
Succeeded byRalph F. Lozier
Personal details
William Waller Rucker

(1855-02-01)February 1, 1855
near Covington, Virginia
DiedMay 30, 1936(1936-05-30) (aged 81)
Keytesville, Missouri

Born near Covington, Virginia, Rucker moved with his parents to western Virginia in 1861. He attended the common schools. He moved to Chariton County, Missouri, in 1873. He engaged in teaching in the district schools. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1876 and commenced practice in Keytesville, Missouri. He served as prosecuting attorney of Chariton County in 1886–1892. He served as judge of the twelfth circuit in 1892–1899.

Rucker was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-sixth and to the eleven succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1899 – March 3, 1923). He served as chairman of the Committee on Election of President, Vice President, and Representatives (Sixty-second through Sixty-fifth Congresses). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1922 to the Sixty-eighth Congress. He resumed the practice of law in Keytesville, Missouri. He also engaged in agricultural pursuits. He died in Keytesville, Missouri, May 30, 1936. He was interred in the City Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "William W. Rucker (id: R000494)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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