Ruchrath, Johann, called Von Wesel, a German reformer, was born at Oberwesel, on the Rhine, about 1410. He was professor of divinity at Erfurt, and afterwards preached at Worms for seventeen years. He was accused of heresy and tried before the Inquisition in 1479, but, to escape death or torture, recanted. Ruchrath died in 1481. He wrote a Treatise against Indulgences, and Concerning the Authority, Duty, and Power of Pastors. See Hodgson, Reformers and Martyrs (Phila. 1867).