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This Day in Georgia History

June 03, 1907

Thomas Ruger Died

Thomas Ruger, who served as Georgia’s military governor briefly during Reconstruction, died in Stamford, Conn. Born in Lima, New York on Apr. 2, 1833, Ruger graduated from West Point in 1854. During the Civil War, he was promoted to temporary major general after the Battle of Franklin. After the war, Maj. Gen. George Meade appointed Ruger as acting governor of Georgia after removing Gov. Charles Jenkins from office for obstructing Reconstruction. Ruger served from January to July 1868, when Republican Rufus Bullock was sworn into office. Ruger went on to become superintendent of West Point (1871-76), eventually attaining the rank of major general before retiring in 1897.