Augustus J. Ricks was a United States federal judge.
Ricks, Augustus J. was born on February 10, 1843 in near Massillon, Ohio, United States.
Born in Brookfield, Ohio, Ricks attended Kenyon College and read law to enter the bar in 1866.
He was a Captain in the United States Army during the American Civil War, from 1862 to 1865, serving with the 104th Ohio Infantry. He read law in the office of John Baxter. He was an editor of the Knoxville Daily Chronicle from 1870 to 1875.
He was in private practice in Massillon, Ohio from 1875 to 1878. He was a clerk of the U.S. Circuit Court for the Sixth Circuit from 1878 to 1886. He was a Standing Master in Chancery for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio from 1878 to 1889, and was a clerk of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio from 1886 to 1889.
On July 1, 1889, Ricks received a recess appointment from President Benjamin Harrison to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio vacated by Martin Welker. Formally nominated on December 16, 1889, Ricks was confirmed by the United States Senate on January 16, 1890, and received his commission the same day. Ricks served in that capacity until his death, in 1906, in New York, New York.