Benjamin E. Russell

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Benjamin E. Russell
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1897
Preceded byHenry Gray Turner
Succeeded byJames M. Griggs
Personal details
Born(1845-10-05)October 5, 1845
Monticello, Florida
DiedDecember 4, 1909(1909-12-04) (aged 64)
Bainbridge, Georgia
Political partyDemocratic
Occupationbusinessman, editor

Benjamin Edward Russell (October 5, 1845 – December 4, 1909) was a U.S. Representative from Georgia, cousin of Rienzi Melville Johnston.


Born in Monticello, Florida, Russell moved with his parents to Decatur County, Georgia, in 1854.

He attended the common schools. He entered the Confederate States Army as a drummer boy in the First Georgia Regiment. Upon the disbanding of this regiment, he immediately enlisted in the Eighth Florida Regiment and continued with it during the last three years of the war, with the rank of first lieutenant.

After the Civil War, he entered the printing business. He was editor of the Bainbridge (Georgia) Democrat. He served as delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1877. He served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1880. He served as mayor of Bainbridge in 1881 and 1882. He was a member of the Georgia House of Representatives in 1882 and 1883, and was postmaster of Bainbridge in 1885–1890.

Russell was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-third and Fifty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1897).

He was not a candidate for renomination in 1896. He resumed the publication of the Bainbridge Democrat. He died in Bainbridge, Georgia, December 4, 1909. He was interred in Oak City Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "Benjamin E. Russell (id: R000520)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2009-03-04

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Henry Gray Turner
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 2nd congressional district

March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1897
Succeeded by
James M. Griggs