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Ebenezer Russell
Ebenezer Russell
Member of the New York State Assembly for Washington Co.

July 1, 1812 - June 30, 1813

July 1, 1783 - June 30, 1784
Member of the New York State Senate for the Eastern District

July 1, 1795 - June 30, 1803
William Powers

July 1, 1784 - June 30, 1788
Elkanah Day

July 1, 1778 - June 30, 1782
William Duer
John Williams
Member of the New York State Assembly for Charlotte Co.

September 9, 1777 - June 30, 1778
Personal details
BornDecember 26, 1747
Branford, Connecticut
DiedDecember 5, 1836(1836-12-05) (aged 88)
Salem, New York, U.S.
Political partyFederalist
Elizabeth Stork
(m. 1769; died 1832)
ChildrenWilliam Russell
John Russell

Ebenezer Russell (December 26, 1747 - December 5, 1836) was an American politician from New York.

Early life

He was born on December 26, 1747, in Branford, New Haven County, Connecticut. He was the son of Mary (née Barker) Russell (b. 1710) and John Russell (1710-1751).[1]


He fought as a private in the American Revolutionary War. He was County Treasurer, first of Charlotte County, then of Washington County, for about forty years.

Russell was a member of the New York State Assembly (Charlotte Co.) in 1777-78; and a member of the New York State Senate (Eastern D.) from 1778 to 1782, sitting in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th New York State Legislatures. He was a member of the Council of Appointment in 1778-79 and 1780-81.

He was again a member of the State Assembly in 1784. During this term, the Legislature changed the name of Charlotte County to Washington County. He was again a member of the State Senate from 1784 to 1788, sitting in the 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th New York State Legislatures. He was again a member of the Council of Appointment in 1784-85 and 1787. On November 12, 1784, he was appointed, and on April 13, 1787, re-appointed as a Regent of the University of the State of New York.[2]

He was First Judge of the Washington County Court from 1788 to 1800. In December 1794, he ran on the Federalist ticket for Congress in the Saratoga-Washington district, but was defeated by Democratic-Republican John Williams.[3]

When the first political parties were formed, Russell joined the Federalist Party. He was again a member of the State Senate from 1796 to 1803, sitting in the 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th New York State Legislatures; and was again a member of the Council of Appointment in 1796.[4]

He was again a member of the State Assembly in 1812-13. In 1813, he resigned from the Board of Regents of USNY.[5][6]

Personal life

On September 13, 1769, he married Elizabeth Stork (1747-1832),[7] the daughter of Capt. Moses Stork.[8] Together, they had several children, including:

  • William Russell (1771-1853), who married Submit Foskitt Willson (1767-1849).[9]
  • John Russell (1772-1842), who studied medicine before becoming a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.[10] He was married to Elizabeth Williams (1769-1838), daughter of Rensselaer Williams.

He died on December 5, 1836, in Salem, New York;[11] and was buried at the Revolutionary Cemetery there.


Through his son John, he was the grandfather of Catharine Ann Russell (1805-1875) who married Samuel Nelson (1792-1873), an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. They were the parents of four children, including Judge Rensselaer Russell Nelson (1826-1904).[12]


  1. ^ Ro, Lauren (July 25, 2017). "Charming antique colonial with multiple fireplaces wants $670K". Curbed. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ History of Washington Co., New York by Crisfield Johnson (Everts & Ensign, Philadelphia PA, 1878; pg. 112 and 114)
  3. ^ Election result NY Saratoga-Washington at "A New Nation Votes", compiled by Phil Lampi, hosted at Tufts University Digital Collections and Archives
  4. ^ The New York Red Book. Williams Press. 1916. p. 353. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ The New York Civil List compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough (pg. 100, 110f, 113, 116ff, 145, 157, 161, 187, 301, 336f and 365; Weed, Parsons and Co., 1858)
  6. ^ Journal of the Senate of the State of New York: At Their Thirty-Sixth Session, Begun and held at the City of Albany. Albany: S. Southwick. 1813. p. 190. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ Early Connecticut Marriages edited by Frederic W. Bailey (New Haven CT, 1896-1906), reprinted (Clearfield, Baltimore MD, 2008; pg. 107; ISBN 978-0-8063-0007-8)
  8. ^ The English Storkes in America. News-Press Publishing Company. 1936. p. xviii. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ Bowman, Fred Q. (1983). Landholders of Northeastern New York, 1739-1802. Genealogical Publishing Com. p. 158. ISBN 9780806310268. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ "RUSSELL, John - Biographical Information". bioguide.congress.gov. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ The Plaindealer (Vol. I, No. 3; December 17, 1836; pg. 47)
  12. ^ Encyclopedia of Biography of Minnesota: Illustrated with Steel Plate and Copper Plate Engravings. Higginson Book Company. 1900. pp. 462-463. Retrieved 2017.

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