Donald S. Russell

For other people named Donald Russell, see Donald Russell (disambiguation).
Donald Stuart Russell
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
In office
April 23, 1971 February 22, 1998
Appointed by Richard Nixon
Preceded by Simon Sobeloff
Succeeded by William Byrd Traxler, Jr.
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
In office
November 3, 1966 May 1, 1971
Appointed by Lyndon Johnson
Preceded by Charles Cecil Wyche
Succeeded by Solomon Blatt, Jr.
United States Senator
from South Carolina
In office
April 22, 1965  November 9, 1966
Preceded by Olin D. Johnston
Succeeded by Ernest Hollings
107th Governor of South Carolina
In office
January 15, 1963  April 22, 1965
Lieutenant Robert Evander McNair
Preceded by Ernest Hollings
Succeeded by Robert Evander McNair
Personal details
Born (1906-02-22)February 22, 1906
Lafayette County, Mississippi, USA
Died February 22, 1998(1998-02-22) (aged 92)
Spartanburg, South Carolina
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Virginia Utsey
Children 4
Alma mater University of Michigan
University of South Carolina
Profession Lawyer
Religion Methodist

Donald Stuart Russell (February 22, 1906  February 22, 1998) was a Democratic Senator from South Carolina. He served from 1965 to 1966. He also served as the 107th Governor of South Carolina, 1963-1965. Russell was a protégé of former Secretary of State James F. Byrnes and served as Assistant Secretary of State for Administration from 1945 to 1947. From 1952 to 1957 he served as president of the University of South Carolina. He ran for governor in 1958 but lost the Democratic primary to Ernest F."Fritz" Hollings. Four years later he was elected governor.

He resigned as governor in 1965 upon the death of Sen. Olin D. Johnston and was appointed by the new governor, Robert E. McNair, to fill the vacancy created by Johnston's death. In the Democratic primary for the special election in 1966 to fill the remainder of Johnston's term, Russell again lost to Fritz Hollings. McNair, however, won a gubernatorial term of his own in 1966 by defeating the Republican Joseph O. Rogers, Jr., while Hollings won election to the rest of Johnston's Senate term by defeating Republican Marshall Parker.

In 1966, after his short Senate tenure ended, Russell was appointed U.S. District Judge for the District of South Carolina by President Lyndon B. Johnson to fill the vacancy created by the death of Russell's former law partner, Charles Cecil Wyche. In 1971, President Richard Nixon appointed Russell to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, where he served until his death, on his 92nd birthday in 1998.

His Spartanburg home was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.[1]


  1. "Evans-Russell House, Spartanburg County (716 Otis Blvd, Spartanburg)". National Register Properties in South Carolina. South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Retrieved 15 October 2012.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Frank McCarthy
Assistant Secretary of State for Administration
September 24, 1945 January 20, 1947
Succeeded by
John Peurifoy
Political offices
Preceded by
Ernest Hollings
Governor of South Carolina
Succeeded by
Robert Evander McNair
United States Senate
Preceded by
Olin D. Johnston
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from South Carolina
April 22, 1965  November 8, 1966
Served alongside: Strom Thurmond
Succeeded by
Ernest Hollings
Legal offices
Preceded by
Charles Cecil Wyche
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
Succeeded by
Solomon Blatt, Jr.
Preceded by
Simon Sobeloff
Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Succeeded by
William Byrd Traxler, Jr.
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