John Russell (speaker)

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John Russell (died 1437) was an English landowner and Justice of the Peace who was elected Speaker of the House of Commons of England in 1423 and 1432.[1]

Russell sat in the Parliaments of 1410, 1411 and 1417 as a proxy for the Abbot of Gloucester; and also in later parliaments between 1414 and 1433 having been elected to the House of Commons as knight of the shire for Herefordshire in his own right. He was appointed High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1417. He made an unsuccessful attempt to become speaker in 1420 losing to Roger Hunt, but was elected to the role in 1423.[2]

Russell gave the speech of welcome at the infant Henry VI's first appearance before the assembled House of Commons and House of Lords on 17 November 1423.[2]

He was again elected as Speaker in 1432.[2]


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  2. ^ a b c Julian Lock, ‘Flower , Roger (d. 1427)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 22 April 2010
Political offices
Preceded by
Roger Flower
Speaker of the House of Commons
Succeeded by
Thomas Walton
Preceded by
Sir John Tyrell
Speaker of the House of Commons
Succeeded by
Roger Hunt