RUSSELL, Sam Morris (1889-1971)

RUSSELL, SAM MORRIS, a Representative from Texas; born on a farm near Stephenville, Erath County, Tex., August 9, 1889; attended the rural schools and the John Tarleton College, Stephenville, Tex.; taught school in Erath County, Tex., 1913-1918; also engaged in agricultural pursuits; during the First World War served as a private in the Forty-sixth Machine Gun Company, United States Army, in 1918 and 1919; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1919 and commenced practice in Stephenville, Tex.; served as county attorney of Erath County, Tex., 1919-1924; district attorney of the twenty-ninth judicial district 1924-1928; served as judge of the twenty-ninth judicial district 1928-1940; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-seventh and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1941-January 3, 1947); was not a candidate for renomination in 1946 to the Eightieth Congress; resumed the practice of law, Democratic county chairman, 1953-1955; resided in Stephenville, Tex., until his death there October 19, 1971; interment in East Memorial Cemetery.