Rusk, James, a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, was born in Ireland of Scottish parents, and emigrated to America when twenty-one. He was licensed to exhort at Pleasantville, N.Y., became a teacher in Irving Institute at Tarrytown, and was by the Quarterly Conference of that place licensed to preach. He was admitted on trial in the New York Conference in 1851, and received a supernumerary relation at the Conference of 1857. He took up his residence at Cold Spring, where he died, April 4, 1859. See Minutes of Annual Conferences, 1859.