Charles Wells Russell Sr.
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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