John Rutherford "Ford" Messer was a Canadian businessman and politician in the Province of New Brunswick.
Messer was born in the rural community of Tweedside, New Brunswick.
He operated a meat business in his home area and was also a dealer in horses. Elected to the York County Council in 1937, Ford Messer served until his death in 1949. In the 1939 New Brunswick general election he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick as a Conservative Party candidate for the multi-member riding of York County.
Messer served one term in the 39th New Brunswick Legislative Assembly until he was defeated in the 1944 election by the Liberal Party candidate, Harry Corey.