Daniel Lindsay Russell, Jr.

44th Governor of the State of North Carolina - 1897 to 1901

Date Born: August 7, 1845

Date Died: May 14, 1908

Place Born: Winnabow Plantation, Brunswick County, NC

Place Buried: Hickory Hill, Onslow County, NC

Residence: Belville, NC

Occupation: Captain in Confederate Army, Lawyer


Daniel Lindsay Russell, Jr. was born on August 7, 1845 at Winnabow Plantation in Brunswick County, NC, the son of Daniel Lindsay Russell and Carolina Elizabeth (Sanders) Russell. He was educated privately by tutors before attending the Bingham School in Orange County, NC. Russell attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but left soon after the outbreak of the Civil War. He was commissioned as a captain in the Confederate Army and served in the war with much controversy.

In 1864, Daniel Lindsay Russell, Jr. was elected to represent Brunswick County in the NC House of Commons of the:
- 75th General Assembly that met from 1864-1865
- 76th General Assembly that met from 1865-1866

During his time in the NC legislature, Daniel Lindsay Russell, Jr. studied law, and was admitted to the North Carolina bar in 1866; he then set up his own law practice in Wilmington, NC at the age of twenty-one (21).

In 1868, Daniel Lindsay Russell, Jr. was appointed a Superior Court judge in the 4th Judicial Circuit, a post he held until 1874.

On August 16, 1869, Daniel Lindsay Russell, Jr. married his cousin, Sarah Amanda Sanders, daughter of Isaac Newton Sanders, Jr. and Sarah Caroline (Burns) Sanders of Onslow County, NC. They had no children.

In 1871, Daniel Lindsay Russell, Jr. was a delegate to a NC Constitutional Convention.

In 1876, Daniel Lindsay Russell, Jr. was elected to represent Brunswick County again in the NC House of Representatives of the:
- 82nd General Assembly that met from 1876-1877

Also in 1876, he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention.

On November 5, 1878, Daniel Lindsay Russell, Jr. was elected to the 46th U.S. Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives. He served one term from March 4, 1879 to March 4, 1881 and did not stand for renomination.

In the November 3, 1896 general election, Daniel Lindsay Russell, Jr. was elected by the people as the next Governor of North Carolina. He served from January 12, 1897 to January 15, 1901. Russell was the last Republican elected as governor until 1973.

After finishing his term as governor, Daniel Lindsay Russell, Jr. resumed the practice of law in Wilmington and operated his Belville Plantation. He died at his plantation near Wilmington on May 14, 1908. He was interred in the family burying ground in Hickory Hill, Onslow County, NC.


Daniel Lindsay Russell (7 August 1845 -- 14 May 1908) was the Republican governor of the U.S. state of North Carolina from 1897 to 1901.

Born on Winnabow Plantation in Brunswick County near Wilmington, North Carolina, he received his early education from private teachers and attended the Bingham School in Orange County, North Carolina. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but left upon the outbreak of the American Civil War, when he served as a captain in the Confederate Army.

Russell was a member of the North Carolina House of Commons between 1864 and 1866. During that time, he studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1866, setting up practice in Wilmington. In 1868, he became a Superior Court judge in the 4th judicial curicuit, a post he held until 1874. In 1871 he was a delegate to a state constitutional convention, and in 1876, was elected again to the North Carolina House of Representatives and was a delegate to the 1876 Republican National Convention.

On November 5, 1878, Russell was elected to the 46th United States Congress, running on the Republican and Greenback tickets; he defeated incumbent Alfred M. Waddell by a margin of 11,611 to 10,730. Russell served one term (March 4, 1879 - March 4, 1881) and did not stand for renomination.

In the mid-1890s, the new Populist Party had fused with the North Carolina Republican Party and ran candidates under the Fusion label. In 1896, however, the two parties held separate state conventions in order to allow the Populists to nominate Presidential Electors pledged to William J. Bryan. At the Republican state convention in Raleigh on 5/16/1896, Russell was nominated for Governor on the seventh ballot over former U.S. Rep. Oliver H. Dockery. Dockery convinced the Populists to run a separate statewide slate of candidates against the Republicans, and Dockery was the Populist nominee for Lt. Governor.

On November 3, 1896, Russell was elected Governor of North Carolina and served one-four year term. He won 153,787 votes (46.5%) to 145,266 votes for Democrat Cyrus B. Watson, 31,143 for Populist William A. Guthrie, and 809 for others. Russell was the first Republican governor of North Carolina since the end of Reconstruction and the last until 1973. He afterwards resumed the practice of law and also engaged in agricultural pursuits. Russell died on Belville plantation, near Wilmington, in 1908 and is interred in the family burying ground, in Onslow County, North Carolina.


Russell, Daniel Lindsay, a Representative from North Carolina; born on Winnabow plantation, Brunswick County, near Wilmington, N.C., on August 7, 1845; received his early education from private teachers and attended the Bingham School in Orange County, N.C.; entered the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but left upon the outbreak of the Civil War; served as a captain in the Confederate Army; member of the State house of commons 1864-1866; studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1866 and commenced practice in Wilmington, N.C.; judge of the superior courts for the fourth judicial circuit 1868-1874; elected as a delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1871; member of the State house of representatives in 1876; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1876; elected as a Greenbacker to the Forty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1881); was not a candidate for renomination in 1880; Governor of North Carolina 1896-1900; resumed the practice of law and also engaged in agricultural pursuits; died on Belville plantation, near Wilmington, NC, May 14, 1908; interment in the family burying ground, Hickory Hill, Onslow County, N.C.
Daniel Lindsay Russell, governor of North Carolina, was born in Brunswick County, NC on August 7, 1845. His early education was attained through private tutoring. He later attended Bingham School, and the University of North Carolina. However, when the Civil War started, he left school and enlisted in the Confederate Army. After his military service, he studied law, and then established his legal career in Wilmington. Russell first entered politics as a member of the NC House of Representatives, a position he held from 1864 to 1866 and held again in 1876. He served as a Superior Court justice from 1868 to 1874; and was a delegate to the 1871 NC Constitutional Convention. He also served as a delegate to the 1876 Republican National Convention; and was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1879 to 1881. Russell next secured the Republican gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote in the 1896 general election. During his tenure, an increase in educational funding was supported; and anti-monopoly laws were promoted. After completing his term, Russell retired from political life. He continued to stay active in his legal practice, as well as in his farming interests. Daniel L. Russell passed away on May 14, 1908, and was buried in the family graveyard in Hickory Hill, NC.

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