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Russell Judson WATERS

(1843-1911)

WATERS, Russell Judson, a Representative from California; born in Halifax, Windham County, Vt., June 6, 1843; moved with his parents to Franklin County, Mass., in 1846; attended the district schools; learned the machinist’s trade in Shelburne Falls, Mass.; taught school at Charlemont Center, Mass.; was graduated from Franklin Institute (later Arms Academy), Shelburne Falls, Mass., where he later was professor of Latin and mathematics; moved to Chicago, Ill., in 1867; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1868 and practiced in Chicago until 1886; moved to California and settled in Redlands in 1886; city attorney of Redlands in 1888; moved to Los Angeles in 1894; president of the Pasadena Consolidated Gas Co.; treasurer of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, vice president of the Citizens’ Bank, and connected with many public institutions; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1899-March 3, 1901); was not a candidate for renomination in 1900; resumed banking as president of the Citizens’ National Bank, Los Angeles; president of the California Cattle Co., San Jacinto, Calif., 1903-1911; president of the San Jacinto Water Co. in 1910 and 1911; died in Los Angeles, Calif., September 25, 1911; interment in Hollywood Cemetery.

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

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