William A. Russell (Massachusetts politician)

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William A. Russell
William Augustus Russell 1831–1899.jpg
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts
In office
March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1885
Preceded byBenjamin Butler (7th)
John W. Candler (8th)
Succeeded byEben F. Stone (7th)
Charles Herbert Allen (8th)
Constituency7th district (1879–83)
8th district (1883–85)
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1831-04-22)April 22, 1831
Wells River, Vermont
DiedJanuary 10, 1899(1899-01-10) (aged 67)
Boston, Massachusetts
Resting placeBellevue Cemetery
Political partyRepublican
OccupationManufacture of paper

William Augustus Russell (April 22, 1831 – January 10, 1899) was a United States Representative from Massachusetts.

Russell was born in Wells River, Vermont. He pursued an academic course in Franklin, New Hampshire, Russell engaged in the manufacture of paper in Exeter, New Hampshire in 1852. He moved to Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1852, where he continued in that business. He served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1869.

He was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1868 and 1876, and was elected as a Republican to the Forty-sixth, Forty-seventh, and Forty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1885). After finishing his time in office, he redevoted his time to the manufacture of paper. Russell donated his Prospect Hill estate in Lawrence to create the current grounds of Lawrence General Hospital. Russell died in Boston.

His interment was in Bellevue Cemetery in Lawrence.

External links[edit]


  • United States Congress. "William A. Russell (id: R000541)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Benjamin Butler
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 7th congressional district

March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1883
Succeeded by
Eben F. Stone
Preceded by
John W. Candler
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 8th congressional district

March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1885
Succeeded by
Charles Herbert Allen