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Joseph Ruston (1835 - 11 June 1897) was an English engineer and manufacturer and Liberal politician.

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.[1] In 1870 Ruston was Mayor of Lincoln. He was also a J.P..[2]

Ruston was elected Member of Parliament for Lincoln in a by-election in June 1884. He was re-elected at the 1885 UK general election but lost the seat in 1886.[3] [4]

Ruston married Jane Brown in 1859.


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Seely
John Hinde Palmer
Member of Parliment for Lincoln
1884 – 1886
Succeeded by
Frederick Harold Kerans

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