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Samuel Lyon RUSSELL

(1816-1891)

RUSSELL, Samuel Lyon, (son of James McPherson Russell), a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Bedford, Pa., July 30, 1816; attended the common schools and Bedford Academy; was graduated from Washington College, Pennsylvania, in 1834; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1837 and commenced practice in Bedford; prosecuting attorney of Bedford County during the 1840s; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-third Congress (March 4, 1853-March 3, 1855); was not a candidate for renomination; resumed the practice of law in Bedford, Bedford County, Pa.; became a Republican upon the organization of that party in 1856; member of the State constitutional convention in 1873; member of the town council and the school board; died in Bedford, Pa., September 27, 1891; interment in Bedford Cemetery.

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

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