Joseph Ruston

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Joseph Ruston (1835 – 11 June 1897)[1] was an English engineer and manufacturer and Liberal Party politician, though he split from the party over Home Rule and retired.[2]

Ruston, Proctor and Co. traction engine

Ruston was the son of Robert Ruston a farmer of Chatteris, Isle of Ely and his wife Margaret Seward. He was educated at Wesley College, Sheffield and became an apprentice at the Sheffield cutlery firm of George Wostenholme. On completing his apprenticeship in 1856 with a good commercial training and having a modest inheritance from his father's estate he went into business with Burton and Proctor of Lincoln. He thus became head of the firm of Ruston, Proctor and Company, agricultural implement makers and engineers.[3] In 1870 Ruston was Mayor of Lincoln. He was also a J.P..[4]

Ruston was elected as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Lincoln in a by-election in June 1884.[5] He was reelected at the 1885 general election but did not stand again in 1886.[1][6]

His decorations included the Cross of the Legion of Honour and the Order of Osmanieh.[2]


Ruston married Jane Brown in 1859, and lived at Monks Manor. Their second daughter Marion Rusten married in 1900 George John Bennett, organist at Lincoln Cathedral.[7]


  1. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ a b obit. The Automotor and Horseless Carriage Journal, June 1897, p367
  3. ^ Ray Hooley's - Ruston-Hornsby - Engine Pages
  4. ^ Debretts Guide to the House of Commons 1886
  5. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 188. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 
  6. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 137. ISBN 0-900178-27-2. 
  7. ^ "Marriages". The Times (36073). London. 23 February 1900. p. 1. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Seely
John Hinde Palmer
Member of Parliament for Lincoln
With: Charles Seely to 1885
Succeeded by
Frederick Harold Kerans