James Franklin Rushton Sr (born November 30, 1875 in Columbia, Tennessee; died March 7, 1927 in Birmingham) succeeded his father, William Rushton Sr, as president of the Birmingham Ice & Cold Storage Co. and was also involved in the National Coal & Coke Company
Rushton served as president of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce. He is credited with organizing the "Birmingham Plan" at the close of World War II in which local executives interviewed discharged servicemen and then "worked the phones" to get them placed into steady jobs.
The "Rushton Cup", awarded by the Altamont School to a senior showing all-around leadership, loyalty and sportsmanship, is named in Rushton's memory. The Rushton Memorial Carillon at Samford University is also dedicated to his memory.
Rushton married the former Willis "Willie" Roberts and had eight children, including William, Mary and Charlotte.
Rushton died in 1927 and is buried at Elmwood Cemetery. After his death Rushton's widow constructed a large residence at 2832 Balmoral Road.
Rushton was inducted into the Alabama Business Hall of Fame in 1975.
- James Frank Rushton at Findagrave.com