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James K. Polk Ancestral Home Collection
Columbia, Tennessee
Portrait #421
Subject/Title:
Rucker, (Dr.) William Reade
Artist:Jouett, Matthew Harris (attrib.)
Date Created:ca. 1825
Owner/Location:James K. Polk Ancestral Home
301-305 W. Seventh St.
Columbia, TN 38402
931-388-2354
www.jameskpolk.com/new/
Frame Dimensions:NA
Image Dimensions:30 x 25
Materials/Media:oil on canvas
Date Documented:12/14/2004
Condition:Good

Description:Waist-length left profile of middle-aged man wearing a high-collared dark jacket, a high collared white shirt and white cravat. His short brown hair is combed forward toward his high forehead. The background is red-brown.
History of Work:Subject was Sarah Polk's brother-in-law. Conserved in 1985.
Notes:William Reade Rucker, son of James Rucker, and his wife, Nancy Reade Rucker, was born on May 20, 1792 in Amherst County, Virginia. After studying medicine with Dr. Yandell, he served as an assistant surgeon in the Creek Indian War with Gen. Andrew Jackson. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1817 with a degree in medicine. He married Susan Childress (sister to First Lady Sarah Polk) in 1819. He was active in religion and civic activities. He aided in the establishment of the Soule Female Academy in Murfreesboro and became a trustee of that college. He served as Murfreesboro Mayor (1822-1823), City alderman (1825-1827; 1831), City Treasurer (1826-1827). Dr. William Reade Rucker died in 1861 and is buried in the Murfreesboro City Cemetery in Rutherford County, Tennessee.

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