Biography of Judge Frederick Rueckert

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Lawyer, jurist, and man of affairs, Judge Frederick Rueckert has occupied a distinguished place in Providence life for many years. He was born in this city on November 21, 1855, a son of Christian and Theresa Rueckert, both of Rhode Island. Following graduation from high school in Providence, he entered Brown University, where, in 18 77 , he took the Bachelor’s degree. Three years later, in 1880, he was admitted to the Rhode Island bar.

Judge Rueckert began the practice of his profession immediately afterwards at Providence, and within a short time had risen to a position of considerable prominence. Along with his own legal work he entered the sphere of public service, and this he has continued through all his later career. Judge Rueckert was elected to the General Assembly of the State in 1891 from Providence, and continued as a member of that body until 1892. From 1894 to 1912 he served successively as a member of the Providence School Committee and was elected president in 1903 and held that office until 1912, when he resigned. He is a member of the State Board of Education, and in 1895 was made clerk of the Sixth District Court, holding this office until 1905. In 1905 the merit of his previous work brought him further advancement, and he was elected justice of the Sixth District Court. In this office Judge Rueckert remained, rendering services of exceptional efficiency and distinction, until March 16, 1931, when he resigned. At this time he had served longer than any other man in this office in this court.

Among the various legal bodies Justice Rueckert is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association and also of the Pomham Club.

On November 22, 1886, at Providence, Rhode Island, Frederick Rueckert married Ella Louise Senft, daughter of Christian and Johanna C. Senft. They maintain their residence in Providence.

Carroll, Charles. Rhode Island: Three Centuries of Democracy, vol 3 of 4. New York: Lewis historical Pub. Co., 1932.

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