Albert Rust

Albert Rust ( 1818 in Fauquier County, Virginia; † April 3, 1870 in El Dorado, Arkansas ) was an American politician. Between 1855 and 1857, and 1859-1861, he was the second electoral district of the state of Arkansas in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Albert Rust attended the public schools of his home and moved in 1837 from Virginia in the Union County, Arkansas. There, he acquired land and ran a small shop that was later used as a local courthouse. Since 1838 he has been involved in land surveying in his district. After studying law Rust began to practice in his new profession in El Dorado.

Rust was a member of the Democratic Party. Between 1842 and 1848, and again from 1852 to 1854 he was a delegate in the House of Representatives from Arkansas. In 1846 he applied for the first time within his party for the nomination for a seat in Congress. However, this attempt was unsuccessful.

1854 Rust was elected in the second district of Arkansas in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, where he became the successor of Edward A. Warren on March 4, 1855. Since he was not nominated at the next election by his party for re-election, he had his mandate on March 3, 1857 ad, which fell back to Warren. But two years later, he managed to re- take the plunge into the U.S. House of Representatives. Between 4 March 1859 and 3 March 1861, he was the last deputy of his district in Congress before the American Civil War. In these two years he was interested in military issues and the expansion of the Red River to the waterway. After the state of Arkansas had joined the Confederate States, he was no longer represented 1861-1868 in the U.S. Congress.

After the end of his time in Congress Rust was appointed as a delegate to the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States. But with the regular elections for the first congress of the Southern States, he renounced his candidacy. Instead, he became an officer in the Confederate army. He participated in several battles and brought it to the rank of brigadier general. After the war he resumed his legal practice again.

Albert Rust died in April 1870 in El Dorado. He was since 1844 with Jane Carrington, the daughter of a wealthy Virginian, married.