James Ricalton (born about 1844, in Half Way, near Waddington, New York – died in Waddington October 28, 1929) was a school teacher, traveler, inventor, and photographer. Ricalton travelled extensively and he circumnavigated the world seven times.
After briefly attending St. Lawrence University (class of 1871) Ricalton left before taking a degree and moved to Maplewood, New Jersey in 1871 for a 12-week, $200 contract as a school teacher. Contrary to practice at the time, his contract was renewed repeatedly until he became the district’s first permanent school teacher and eventually principal. His legacy is celebrated in the South Orange-Maplewood School District.