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Donald Stuart Russell


In office
January 15, 1963 – April 22, 1965
Lieutenant Robert Evander McNair
Preceded by Ernest Hollings
Succeeded by Robert Evander McNair

In office
April 22, 1965 – November 9, 1966
Served alongside Strom Thurmond
Preceded by Olin D. Johnston
Succeeded by Ernest Hollings

Born January 22, 1906
Lafayette Springs, Mississippi
Died February 22, 1998 (aged 92)
Spartanburg, South Carolina
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Virginia Utsey
Children 4
Alma mater University of Michigan
University of South Carolina
Profession Lawyer
Religion Methodist

Donald Stuart Russell (January 22, 1906-February 22, 1998) was a Democratic Senator from South Carolina. He served from 1965 to 1966. He also served as Governor of South Carolina, 1963-1965. Russell was a protege of former Secretary of State James F. Byrnes. From 1952 to 1957 he served as president of the University of South Carolina. He ran for governor in 1958 but lost the Democratic primary to Ernest F."Fritz" Hollings. Four years later he was elected governor.

He resigned as governor in 1965 upon the death of Sen. Olin D. Johnston and was appointed by the new governor, Robert E. McNair, to fill the vacancy created by Johnston's death. In the Democratic primary for the special election in 1966 to fill the remainder of Johnston's term, he again lost to Fritz Hollings. Russell was appointed U.S. District Judge for the District of South Carolina by President Lyndon Johnson in 1966, to fill the vacancy created by the death of Russell's former law partner, Charles Cecil Wyche. In 1971, President Richard Nixon appointed Russell to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, where he served until his death in 1998.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ernest Hollings
Governor of South Carolina
1963 – 1965
Succeeded by
Robert Evander McNair
United States Senate
Preceded by
Olin D. Johnston
United States Senator (Class 3) from South Carolina
April 22, 1965 – November 8, 1966
Served alongside: Strom Thurmond
Succeeded by
Ernest Hollings
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