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Donald Stuart RUSSELL

(1906-1998)
Senate Years of Service:
1965-1966
Party:
Democrat

RUSSELL, Donald Stuart, a Senator from South Carolina; born in Lafayette Springs, Lafayette County, Miss., February 22, 1906; moved with his family to Chester, S.C., in 1914; attended the public schools; graduated from the University of South Carolina at Columbia in 1925, and from the law school of the same university in 1928; admitted to the bar and commenced the practice of law in Union, S.C., in 1928; took graduate work in law at the University of Michigan in 1929; moved to Spartanburg, S.C., in 1930 and continued law practice until 1942; went to Washington, D.C., and worked in the War Department and as assistant to the Director of Economic Stabilization 1942-1943; served in the United States Army as a major in 1944; Deputy Director, Office of War Mobilization and Reconversion, in 1945; Assistant Secretary of State for Administration 1945-1947; resumed law practice in Spartanburg, S.C.; president of the University of South Carolina 1952-1957; Governor of South Carolina from November 1962, until his resignation on April 22, 1965; was immediately appointed as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Olin D. Johnston and served from April 22, 1965, until November 8, 1966; unsuccessful candidate for nomination in 1966 to complete the term; United States district judge for South Carolina, until appointed United States circuit judge for the Fourth Judicial Circuit in 1971; resided in Spartanburg, S.C. until his death on February 22, 1998; interment in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Spartanburg, S.C..

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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