Biography of Prince Russell
North Central Ohio Biographies

Price Russell has engaged in the general practice of his profession at Creston for the past 40 years, and is not only one of the representative attorneys of Wayne County, but is also a broad minded, loyal and publicspirited citizen. He was born in Westefield Township, Medina County, March 25, 1865, the son of George Rodney and Ann (Price) Russell.

George Rodney Russell was a native of Kent, Ohio, and his wife was born at Mogadore. Both are deceased and are buried at LeRoy. Their children were: Price, the subject of this sketch; Effie M., unmarried, lives at LeRoy, where she has been cashier of the Ohio Farmers Insurance Company for 25 years; and John, lives in Mississippi.

Price Russell attended the district schools of Westfield Township and received the degree of Master of Arts at Ohio University. He taught school for five terms at Chippewa Lake, Medina County, after which he took up the study of law at the University of Cincinnati. He was graduated with the degree of LL. B. in 1890, and has since engaged in practice at Creston. He has held numerous public offices, including that of mayor of Creston, village solicitor, school board member, and chairman of the Democratic committee of Wayne County. He retired as manager of the State Board of Clemency in 1927, having become a member of that body when it was established in July, 1917. He served as a member until the Davis reorganization plan abolished the board, but was called back when the law was restored. Prior to his service on the Board of Clemency he had served as a member of the Ohio Legislature from Wayne County, was speaker during one term, and executive secretary in the office of Governor Cox. He also served as Superintendent of State Insurance.

Mr. Russell has been able at all times to bring to the public positions he has held an unusual fitness and preparation, and in all places and at all times he has brought to the duty of the day a sense of his responsibility to the public. This loyalty to the public has always been evident. Mr. Russell wrote the original law creating the Board of Clemency and helped to establish it, having an important part in its administration. He was also at one time elected warden of the Ohio State Penitentiary, served twice as a member of the General Assembly, and three times as executive secretary to the Governor. He served as executive secretary to Governor Donahey during 1923. The Cincinnati Enquirer published the following on Dec. 8, 1919: "Price Russell of Creston, a member of the State Board of Clemency, former member of the Ohio Legislature, and one of the best known Democrats in Ohio, was in New York last week attending the meetings of the superintendents of insurance of the United States. Mr. Russell, when discussing politics, asserted that the nation was demanding a business man of tried executive ability to be the next President, and he added that Governor James M. Cox met all these specifications." It was a recognized fact that Mr. Russell played an important part in the nomination of Governor Cox for President of the United States.

In 1895 Mr. Russell married Miss Augusta Miller, of Smithville, the daughter of Adam and Susan Miller. They have a daughter, Marian, who is a graduate of the University of Wooster. She married H. S. Frasher, and lives at Baltimore, Md. They have two children, Anne, and William Russell Frasher.

Mr. Russell is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge. He is a director of the Ohio Farmers Insurance Company, and a director of the Ohio Farmers Indemnity Company.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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