CS Con Russell, Charles Wells Sr. - C.S. Congressman, VA

Charles Wells Russell Sr.

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Born: July 22, 1818

Birthplace: Tyler County, Virginia

Father: Joshua Russell 1794 – 1869
(Buried: Oakwood Cemetery, Sistersville, West Virginia)​

Mother: Catherine Adams “Caty” Wells 1800 – 1824
(Buried: Wells Family Cemetery, Sistersville, West Virginia)​

Wife: Margaret Wilson Moore 1822 -


Henry Moore Russell 1851 – 1915​
Charles Wells Russell Jr. 1856 – 1927​

Political Party: Democratic Party


1836: Graduated from Jefferson College​

Occupation before War:

1847 – 1860: Attorney in Wheeling, Virginia​
1860: Virginia Delegate to Democratic Party National Convention​

Civil War Career:

1861 – 1862: Virginia Delegate to Confederate Provisional Congress​
1862 – 1865: Confederate States Congressman from Virginia​
1862 – 1864: Member of House Judiciary Committee​
1862: Member of House Naval Affairs Committee​
Known as a refugee Congressman as his district was under Federal Control.​
He was described as “a pillar of the Administration” by a colleague​
Known as one of most active members in the Congress.​
Vigorous defender of the volunteer army and conscription​
One of the leaders in restricting exempt classes from conscription​
Prominent high tax spokesman​
1864: Proposed a 20 percent tax in kind on agricultural produce.​
Supporter of the Suspension of the Writ of habeas corpus​
Opposed a rigorous funding program​
Advocated the insurance of other forms of flat money.​
Supported arming the slaves​
Opponent of peace negotiations with the United States​

Occupation after War:

1865 – 1867: Attorney in Baltimore, Maryland​

Died: November 22, 1867

Place of Death: Baltimore, Maryland

Age at time of Death: 49 years old

Burial Place: Woodlawn Cemetery, Woodlawn, Maryland
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