Leslie W. Russell

Leslie Wead Russell

Judge Leslie W. Russell
New York Supreme Court 4th Judicial District
In office
Succeeded by John M. Kellogg
New York's 22nd congressional district, United States House of Representatives
In office
March 4, 1891  September 11, 1891
Preceded by Frederick Lansing
Succeeded by Newton Martin Curtis
New York State Attorney General
In office
January 1, 1882  December 31, 1883
Governor Alonzo B. Cornell
Grover Cleveland
Preceded by Hamilton Ward, Sr.
Succeeded by Denis O'Brien
Personal details
Born (1840-04-15)April 15, 1840
Canton, New York
Died February 3, 1903(1903-02-03) (aged 62)
Flushing, Queens, New York
Nationality  United States
Political party Republican
Relatives Rev. Samuel Russell (1660–1731) (great-great-great-grandfather
Occupation Lawyer
Religion Episcopalian

Leslie Wead Russell (April 15, 1840 in Canton, St. Lawrence County, New York February 3, 1903 in Flushing, Queens, New York City) was an American lawyer and politician.


He was the son of Assemblyman John Leslie Russell (1805-1861) and Mary Sybil (Wead) Russell (ca. 1812-1870). He was educated at Canton Academy, and at age 16 began to teach school. Then he studied law at Albany, New York and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was admitted to the bar in 1861, and commenced practice in Canton, NY. On October 19, 1864, he married Harriet Jane Lawrence (1843–1931), and they had six children two of whom died in infancy.

He was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1867. In 1869, he was elected District Attorney of St. Lawrence County, and County Judge in 1877. He was New York Attorney General from 1882 to 1883, elected at the New York state election, 1881. Afterwards he resumed the practice of law at New York City.

He was a delegate to the 1884 and 1900 Republican National Conventions. He was a member of the 52nd United States Congress and served until September 11, 1891, when he resigned to become a justice of the New York State Supreme Court. He resigned from the bench on October 1, 1902.

He was buried at the Evergreen Cemetery in Canton, N.Y.

State Senator Charles H. Russell (1845–1912) was his first cousin. Rev. Samuel Russell (1660–1731) was his great-great-great-grandfather.


Legal offices
Preceded by
Hamilton Ward, Sr.
New York State Attorney General
Succeeded by
Denis O'Brien
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Frederick Lansing
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 22nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Newton Martin Curtis
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