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Rufus Waples, American lawyer, author.


Waples, Rufus was born on August 11, 1825 in Millsboro, Delaware, United States. Son of Robert and descendant Peter Waples, who settled in Delaware about 1690.


Education common school and Milton Academy, Delaware. Graduate University of Louisiana, law department, 1852.


Admitted to bar, 1852, began practice in New Orleans, 1853, with brother, Stephen H. Waples. With James B. Eustis (late United States senator) established firm of Waples & Eustis, 1855. Appointed United State Attorneys for Eastern district of Louisiana, 1863, by President Lincoln.

Served through Lincoln’s and part of Johnson’s administrations. Admitted to bar Supreme Court of the United States Court, 1866. City attorney New Orleans for special cases, 1870-1872.

For several years director public schools and trustee Straight University, New Orleans. Moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1878.


Married Margaret J. Aisworth, July 15, 1858.

Robert Waples

Margaret J. Aisworth