RUSSELL, Daniel Lindsay (1845-1908)

RUSSELL, DANIEL LINDSAY, a Representative from North Carolina; born on Winnabow plantation, Brunswick County, near Wilmington, N.C., on August 7, 1845; received his early education from private teachers and attended the Bingham School in Orange County, N.C.; entered the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but left upon the outbreak of the Civil War; served as a captain in the Confederate Army; member of the State house of commons 1864-1866; studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1866 and commenced practice in Wilmington, N.C.; judge of the superior courts for the fourth judicial circuit 1868-1874; elected as a delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1871; member of the State house of representatives in 1876; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1876; elected as a Greenbacker to the Forty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1881); was not a candidate for renomination in 1880; Governor of North Carolina 1896-1900; resumed the practice of law and also engaged in agricultural pursuits; died on Belville plantation, near Wilmington, N.C., May 14, 1908; interment in the family burying ground, Hickory Hill, Onslow County, N.C.

University of North Carolina
Southern Historical Society
Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: 1839-1910. 2,000 items.
Political and business correspondence, papers concerning his court-martial, a memoir, and extensive material concerning his role in the South Dakota Bond case. Unpublished description in library.

  • Crow, Jeffrey J., and Robert F. Durden. Maverick Republican in the Old North State: A Political Biography of Daniel L. Russell. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1977.
  • Durden, Robert F. "Governor Daniel L. Russell Explains His 'South Dakota Bond' Scheme." North Carolina Historical Review 38 (October 1961): 527-33.