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Francis Russell, American author. Recipient Edgar award Mystery Writers American, 1962; Guggenheim fellow, 1964, 65; recipient Friendship award Federal Republic of Germany. Served to captain Canada Army, 1941-1946. Fellow Society of America Historians; member Goethe Society (director), Black Watch Association, Boston Authors' Club, Dorchester History Society Clubs: Harvard (Boston).

Background

Russell, Francis was born on January 12, 1910 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Leo Spotten and Ethel May (Kent) Russell.

Education

Student, University Breslau, Germany, 1931-1932; Bachelor of Arts, Bowdoin College, 1933; A.M., Harvard University, 1937.

Career

Russell is best known for his book on Warren G. Harding, The Shadow of Blooming Grove. He served in the Canadian Army from 1941 to 1946. He had a daughter from a previous marriage.

His papers are kept at Bowdoin College. Russell became embroiled in a lawsuit with some of the heirs of Warren Harding around the publication of his 1968 biography of the former president. His work on the Sacco-Vanzetti case, the award-winning Tragedy In Dedham: The Story of the Sacco-Vanzetti Case (1962), continued with the 1986 publication of Sacco & Vanzetti: The Case Resolved.

In it, he claimed to solve the case, proposing that only Nicola Sacco was guilty and Bartholomew Vanzetti was innocent.

Achievements

  • 1963 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime book, for Tragedy In Dedham : The Story of the Sacco-Vanzetti Case\r\n1964 Guggenheim Fellowship.

Works

Membership

Served to captain Canada Army, 1941-1946. Fellow Society of America Historians. Member Goethe Society (director), Black Watch Association, Boston Authors' Club, Dorchester History Society Clubs: Harvard (Boston).

Connections

Married Sharon Soong, March 5, 1966 (divorced 1981). 1 child, Sara; married Rosalind Lawson, March 16, 1984.

father:
Leo Spotten Russell

mother:
Ethel May (Kent) Russell

spouses:
Sharon Soong

Rosalind Lawson

child:
Sara Russell