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A son of William and Elizabeth Rector Rust, George W. Rust earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, in 1846. He married Mary Mahala Wood a year later. In November, 1861, Rust served as a contract physician with the Confederate Army at the military hospital there. In September, 1862 he transferred to the Confederate general hospital at Lynchburg, serving as acting assistant surgeon. Elected as representative, from Page County, to the Virginia House of Delegates, Rust left Lynchburg for Richmond in 1864. Following the war, he retired and lived out his life in Luray.

Dr. Rust was also a brother to Confederate Gen. Albert Rust. With the death of Albert during the war, the general’s wife and children relocated from Arkansas to Luray. Gen. Rust’s daughter, Pauline Carrington Rust, later became a popular author of the early 20th century.

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