Richard Russell, Sr.

Richard Russell, Sr.

Richard Russell, Sr.

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Richard Brevard Russell, Sr. (April 27, 1861 – December 3, 1938) was and American lawyer, legislator, jurist, and candidate for political office.

Early life, education and family

Russell was born in Marietta, Georgia in 1861. He attended the University of Georgia UGA in Athens, Georgia and graduated in 1879 with a Bachelor of Arts degree at the age of eighteen and with a Bachelor of Laws degree from the UGA School of Law the following year. While at UGA, he was a member of the school's Supreme Court.

Russell's first wife was Marie Louise Tyler. They married in 1883; however, Marie died two years later during the delivery of a stillbirth.

In 1891, Russell wed a second time to Ina Dillard from Athens, Georgia. The couple moved to Winder, Georgia in 1894 and then further east in 1902 to an area that would become eventually be designated by the Georgia General Assembly as Russell, Georgia. The Russell family home in that community is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Ina and Richard had fifteen children. Their oldest son, Richard B. Russell Jr., was a governor of Georgia and a long-serving and powerful member of the United States Senate. A younger son, Robert Lee Russell, served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Public service

At age twenty-one, Russell was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives (1882) as a representative of Clarke County, Georgia. He was elected at age twenty-seven to the position of solicitor...
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