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About Richard Brevard Russell, Sr., Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Georgia,_Sr.

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

Contents [show] 1 Early life, education and family2 Public service3 Death4 References

[edit] Early life, education and familyRussell 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 general for the Western Circuit of the Superior Courts of Georgia, a seven-county judicial circuit. Russell was subsequently elected to judicial positions in numerous Georgia courts including the Georgia Court of Appeals (elected in 1907 and chief justice of that court from 1913 to 1916) and the Supreme Court of Georgia on which he served as Chief Justice for his entire sixteen year career (1922 to 1938) in that position. As of 2006, Russell was the only person to have served on both the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Russell ran multiple unsuccessful gubernatorial and United States congressional campaigns: two Georgia gubernatorial elections (1906 and 1910), a U.S. House of Representatives election (1916), and a U.S. Senate election (1926).

[edit] DeathRichard B. Russell Sr. died in 1938 of a heart attack and was buried in the Russell family plot behind their house in the Russell Community.

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Richard Brevard Russell, Sr., Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Georgia's Timeline

April 27, 1861
Marietta, GA, USA
March 1, 1893
Age 31
Athens, GA, USA
June 22, 1894
Age 33
Athens, Georgia
April 1896
Age 34
November 2, 1897
Age 36
Winder, GA, USA
Age 37
Age 38
January 4, 1902
Age 40