Biography of William Russell
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Russell, William, born in Culpeper county, 1758, died in Fayette county. Kentucky, July 3, 1825. He went with his father to join Daniel Boone on the frontier. He was a lieutenant in the revolution; was at King's Mountain, where he was the first to reach the summit, and received a sword from the enemy. As captain he served against the Cherokees and effected a treaty with them. He went to Kentucky at the end of the war, and commanded the advance in movements against the Indians, under Wayne, commanding a regiment of Kentucky volunteers. He was in the Virginia legislature which separated Kentucky from the parent state; on organization of the Kentucky government he was sent to its legislature, serving until 1808, when President Madison made him colonel of the Seventh United States Infantry. He succeeded Gen. William H. Harrison in command of the Indiana, Illinois and Missouri frontiers in 1811, and commanded an expedition against the Peoria Indians, 1812. He was in the Virginia legislature in 1823, and declined a nomination for governor. He was son of William Russell, lieutenant colonel of the Culpeper militia in 1754.


FROM:
Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography
Volume II
By: Lyon Gardiner Tyler, LL. D.
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York 1915



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