Biography of William H. Russell
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Russell, William H., Potsdam, was born on a farm in the town of Pierrepoat, May 8, 1852, a son of Benjamin B., born in Malone, Franklin county, February 3, 1819. He moved to Pierrepont when twenty five years of age. Here he conducted a farm until 1882, when he came to Potsdam where he died, December 25, 1890. The mother of our subject was Nancy Wilkinson, a native of Plattsburg. She is still living at the age of sixty seven years. They had two children: Lorinda, married Alonzo P. Raymond, died October 25, 1875; and William H. The latter lived with his parents until he was eighteeen years of age. He was educated in the common schools and at eighteen started for himself. After working one year on a farm he engaged in the meat business in partnership with Nelson Belding. This partnership lasted nine years, and afterwards he had different partners in conducting a meat market and fruit and vegetable store. In May, 1890, he sold out his business and bought a farm of 220 acres in Potsdam, where he now resides, and which is devoted to dairying. He keeps thirty cows and thirty sheep. He married in 1870, Mary E. Drury of Pierrepont, who died November 2, 1875, Mr. Russell married second, August 26, 1876, Eva T. Kelsey of Stockholm, and they have two children: Ina Belle and Delos Leslie.

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