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Aragorn Storm Miller

RUSHING, JOSEPH C. (1823–1888). Joseph C. Rushing, lawyer and state legislator, was born in Shelby County, Tennessee, in 1823. He was the son of Joseph and Martha (Deason) Rushing. He began studying law as a young man and was admitted to the Tennessee bar as an attorney about 1844. Around 1846, Rushing married Elizabeth Matilda Lane in Davidson County, Tennessee. Based on federal census records, they had possibly six children. By the late 1840s the family had immigrated to Texas and settled in Rusk in Cherokee County, where Rushing established himself as a leading member of the community. He won election as a representative of Cherokee County in the House of the Fifth and Sixth Texas legislatures and served from November 28, 1853, to November 2, 1857. In 1860 Rushing moved to the town of Weatherford in Parker County, where he helped establish the law firm of Ball & Rushing. He was appointed receiver, an accounting position, for the Confederate States Army headquarters in San Antonio in 1862; he held this position until the end of the Civil War. Following the war, Rushing resumed his law practice and lived in Ellis County and later moved to Cleburne in Johnson County. He retired from his practice in the 1870s for health reasons. In 1876 he moved to Los Angeles County, California, and by 1880 was living as a farmer in Santa Ana, California. At some point in the 1880s, Rushing returned to Cherokee County, where he died in 1888.


Cherokee County History (Jacksonville, Texas: Cherokee County Historical Commission, 1986). Legislative Reference Library of Texas: Joseph Rushing (http://www.lrl.state.tx.us/legeLeaders/members/memberDisplay.cfm?memberID=5201&searchparams=chamber=~city=~countyID=0~RcountyID=~district=~first=~gender=~last=rushing~leaderNote=~leg=~party=~roleDesc=~Committee=), accessed July 16, 2014. Henry Smythe, Historical Sketch of Parker County and Weatherford, Texas (St. Louis: Lavat, 1877; rpt., Waco: Morrison, 1973.)

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