Biographical / Historical
James Leonard “Ram” Raulston (1905-1987) was born in Marion County, Tennessee to William Polk and Jeanette Bible Raulston. A resident of South Pittsburg, Tennessee Mr. Raulston attended Marion County schools until his sophomore year in high school. At that point he received a scholarship to Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, where he finished in 1925. In 1926 he entered the University of Tennessee (UT). While there he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, the Scarabbean Society, and the Omega Delta Kappa honorary fraternity. He published the 1929 Volunteer (university annual) and was president of the Senior Class in 1930. After graduating he did some graduate work at Harvard University, studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1933. That same year he married Agnes Ruth Hicks.
Raulston worked as Personnel Director at UT and, after that, entered the business world. He worked for the United States Stove Company where he was vice-president and general manager, and later, chairman of the board. He also served as president of the American Institute of Appliance Manufacturers. In 1958 he was the United States representative and speaker to the World Industry meeting in Brussels, Belgium. Other interests were Orme Cola Company, Pryor-Raulston Quarries, and real estate.
In 1940 Mr. Raulston became a member of the Tennessee State Guard and commanded the Sixth Regiment until he retired in 1948. A Republican, Mr. Raulston was a presidential elector in 1948, and Third District Delegate to the National Convention in 1952.
Mr. Raulston was appointed to the Board of Trustees of UT in 1956. In 1963 he was elected international president of Kappa Sigma fraternity. He was also director of the First Bank of Marion County, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Blue Cross Blue Shield in Tennessee and a trustee of the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities.
In his later years Mr. Raulston served on the Tennessee Historical Commission. Mr. Raulston was instrumental in bringing about the merger of the University of Chattanooga and the University of Tennessee to form the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). In 1974 he published the book Sequatchie: A Story of the Southern Cumberlands with UTC professor James W. Livingood. He was also a member of the Rotary Club, Mountain City Club, Fairyland Club, and the Lookout Mountain Club. He was an historian and genealogist, and researched the history of Marion County as well as the various families he was descended from.