David Abel Russell

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David Abel Russell (1780 – November 24, 1861) was a U.S. Representative from New York.

He was born in Petersburg, New York and trained as a lawyer and practiced in Salem, New York. He was appointed Justice of the Peace in 1807. He was District Attorney of the Fourth District from 1813 to 1815. He was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1816, 1830 and 1833.

He was elected to Congress as an anti-Jacksonian and later became a Whig. He served three terms in Congress from March 4, 1835 to March 3, 1841.

He died in Salem and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery.

His sons were David Allen Russell, a Union general killed in action, and William A. Russell.


  • United States Congress. "David Abel Russell (id: R000524)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • David Abel Russell at Find a Grave
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Henry C. Martindale
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 12th congressional district

March 4, 1835 – March 3, 1841
Succeeded by
Bernard Blair