James Mcpherson Russell Edit Profile
He attended the classical academy of James Ross in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. He studied law, was admitted to the bar of Franklin County, Pennsylvania, in 1807 and to the Bedford County, Pennsylvania, bar in 1808 and commenced practice in Bedford.
Russell was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Henry Black. His opponent, according to the Daily Atlas, was "Mr. Philson of Somerset".
He was not a candidate for renomination in 1842. He resumed the practice of law, and served as trustee of the Bedford Academy and secretary of the Chambersburg & Bedford Turnpike Company. He died in Bedford in 1870.
Interment in Bedford Cemetery.
He was the first burgess of Bedford Borough in the years 1818 and 1819 and a member of the State constitutional convention in 1837.