John Madison Rushing, a native of Benton county, Tenn., was born May 22, 1836, son of Robert Rushing, native of North Carolina,
and one of the early pioneers of the State, who died in Benton County in 1854. Our subject received a fair education, and assisted his mother on the farm till he was about twenty-two years of age. He then engaged in the merchandise business, which he carried on in connection with his farming up to the time of the late war. In May, 1861, he
enlisted in Company G, Seventh Tennessee Cavalry, Confederate Army, and served till the latter part of the war, when he was discharged on account of ill health. After his return home he engaged in the same business that had occupied his attention previous to the war, and has been quite successful. He soon sold his interest in the merchandise business and afterward engaged in the general produce and stock business, shipping all of the principal crops raised in the county, viz.: cotton, tobacco, etc., and has made it quite a success. He now owns one of the finest farms in this community---about 700 acres, all well improved.
In March, 1861, Mr. Rushing married N. E. Diggs, who died June 6, 1876, leaving four
children: J. Oscar; B. W., attorney at law at Barnum, Tex.; Bobbie H. and Lillie. December 23, 1877,
Mr. Rushing married Sue M. Beasley, and the fruits of this union were two children: Nannie M. and a boy unnamed. Mr. Rushing is a Mason,
a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and a Democrat in politics.