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Gordon James RUSSELL

(1859-1919)

RUSSELL, Gordon James, a Representative from Texas; born in Huntsville, Madison County, Ala., December 22, 1859; attended the common schools, the Sam Bailey Institute, Griffin, Ga., and Crawford High School, Dalton, Ga.; was graduated from the University of Georgia at Athens in 1877; taught school in Dalton, Ga.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1878 and commenced practice in Dalton; moved to Texas in 1879 and later, in 1884, settled in Van Zandt County; elected county judge in 1890 and at the end of one term relinquished the office to resume the practice of law in Willsport, Tex.; district attorney of the seventh judicial district 1892-1896; judge of the seventh judicial district 1896-1904; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Reese C. de Graffenreid; reelected to the Fifty-eighth and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from November 4, 1902, to June 14, 1910, when he resigned to become United States district judge of the eastern district of Texas, which office he held until his death in Kerrville, Kerr County, Tex., September 14, 1919; interment in Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, Smith County, Tex.

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

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