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William D. Ruckelshaus grew up in a distinguished Indiana family. Starting in the mid-nineteenth century, a succession of Ruckelshaus lawyers have practiced in Indianapolis. They have also had long associations with politics. William Ruckelshaus's grandfather worked actively for the Republican Party and in 1900 became state chairman. The son of this political stalwart, John K. Ruckelshaus, followed his father's example, serving as Chairman of the Platform Committee at five Republican Conventions.
William Doyle Ruckelshaus entered the family on July 24, 1932. The middle child of John K. and Marion Doyle Ruckelshaus, he had an older brother, John, and a younger sister named Bonney. Although he and his mother were very close, his father exercised the predominant influence over his life. A highly accomplished man with diverse personal qualities, the elder Ruckelshaus was at once athletic and intellectual, charming and devout. A clever storyteller on the political stump and in courtroom appearances, he actually preferred to teach law and read philosophy. The Ruckelshaus children matured in a supportive household, but John Ruckelshaus set high standards and demanded excellence.
The Ruckelshaus law firm originated in 1895. John C. Ruckelshaus, grandfather of current senior partner, John C. ("Jack") Ruckelshaus, first started practicing law individually, and later formed an association with Russell Ryan, giving the firm its first name, "Ruckelshaus & Ryan." The firm name and associations continued until the elder Ruckelshaus' son John K. Ruckelshaus, joined the firm, and it was renamed Ruckelshaus & Ruckelshaus.