RUTHERFORD, JOHN EDWARD, was born in Swatara township, Dauphin county, December 17, 1838. His parents were: Samuel S. Rutherford, born in Swatara township, December 17, 1803, died January 23, 1872, and Mary A. Rutherford, born in the same township, June 14, 1810, died December 14, 1884.
Mr. Rutherford received his education in the public schools of his native township and the Mt. Joy Academy, Lancaster county.
After leaving the academy, he taught one of the district schools in Swatara township for two terms, and after the breaking out of the war served a short period with the Pennsylvania State militia at the time of the battle of Antietam. In the spring of 1863 he took service in the quartermaster's department of the volunteer army, and remained in that position until May, 1866, doing service during that period in the States of Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and South Carolina, in the latter State being connected with the Freedman's bureau.
Returning home in 1866 he followed the occupation of farming until 1875, and then, in connection with that business, went into the coal business in Harrisburg, continuing both until 1879, at which time he took charge of Senator J. D. Cameron's Lochiel farms, and subsequently the Senator's Derry farms, and other landed estate.
Mr. Rutherford has been a director and the vice-president of the Steelton National Bank since its organization in 1886, and is also a director of the Steelton Brick Company and the Middletown and Highspire Electric Street Railway Company. He was first married, February 18, 1868, to Miss Ann H. McPherson, daughter of John and Ann (Hammond) McPherson, of Frederick, Md. Their children are: Samuel McPherson, born September 5, 1869; Robert M., born November 25, 1871; Nannie H., born May 7, 1874; Mary Agnes, born October 7, 1877, died December 5, 1881. Mrs. Rutherford died April 3, 1882, aged thirty-eight years. Mr. Rutherford was again married, March, 1887, to Miss Delia McCullough, daughter of James T. and Catharine (Mitchell) McCullough, of Maryland. They have no issue. Her father was a prominent lawyer and her grandfather was a physician. In his political views Mr. Rutherford is an Independent Republican, and in religious belief a Presbyterian.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 2 Sep 2001
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