Shelby County

Hon. J. Edward Russell



Hon. J. Edward Russell

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 425

     a leading member of the Sidney bar, with offices in the Woodward building, Sidney, is one of the representative men of Shelby county and for sixteen years has given attention to the numerous duties connected with his office as secretary of the Shelby County Fair Board. Mr. Russell, like many of his professional brethren, was born on a farm, August 9, 1866, his parents living then in Turtle Creek township, Shelby county, four miles from Sidney. He is a son of William and Laura (Beck) Russell.
     William Russell was also a native of Shelby county and was born on a farm in Clinton township, two and one-half miles northwest of Sidney, a son of Joshua Russell, who was a pioneer in that section. Mr. Russell for a number of years was an extensive farmer and stock raiser but is now practically retired and lives on a small farm not far from Sidney.
    J. Edward Russell attended the public schools of Turtle Creek township and afterward the Sidney schools and after graduating from the Sidney high school in 1888, engaged in teaching and taught three terms in the district schools, in the meanwhile applying all his leisure time to acquiring knowledge of the principles of law. He then entered the law offices of George Marshall, with whom he pursued his law studies until he finished the course, and in 1893 was admitted to the bar and immediately
opened his office at Sidney. He served two terms as city solicitor and has been a member of the school board for one term. In his practice of law he covers all branches and has been identified with many cases of state-wide interest  In republican politics he has been unusually prominent and in 1904 and again in 1906, was elected to the state senate, and while at Columbus won still further the confidence and esteem of his fellow citizens. Mr. Russell has additional interests and is a member of the board of directors of the First National Exchange Bank and also of the Peoples Savings and Loan Association.
     Senator Russell was married at Sidney, O., to Miss Jennie Laughlin, who died August 29, 1910, survived by one daughter, Carrie. He is a member of the Presbyterian church. In his fraternal relations he is a Mason and a Knight of Pythias, and belongs also to some professional societies and social organizations. He is distinctly one of Sidney's foremost men.

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