Donald S. Russell
|Donald Stuart Russell|
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit|
April 23, 1971 – February 22, 1998
|Appointed by||Richard Nixon|
|Preceded by||Simon Sobeloff|
|Succeeded by||William Byrd Traxler, Jr.|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina|
November 3, 1966 – May 1, 1971
|Appointed by||Lyndon Johnson|
|Preceded by||Charles Cecil Wyche|
|Succeeded by||Solomon Blatt, Jr.|
|United States Senator
from South Carolina
April 22, 1965 – November 9, 1966
|Preceded by||Olin D. Johnston|
|Succeeded by||Ernest Hollings|
|107th Governor of South Carolina|
January 15, 1963 – April 22, 1965
|Lieutenant||Robert Evander McNair|
|Preceded by||Ernest Hollings|
|Succeeded by||Robert Evander McNair|
February 22, 1906|
Lafayette County, Mississippi, USA
|Died||February 22, 1998
Spartanburg, South Carolina
|Alma mater||University of Michigan
University of South Carolina
Donald Stuart Russell (February 22, 1906 – February 22, 1998) was a Democratic Senator from South Carolina. He served from 1965 to 1966. He also served as the 107th Governor of South Carolina, 1963-1965. Russell was a protégé of former Secretary of State James F. Byrnes and served as Assistant Secretary of State for Administration from 1945 to 1947. 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. This "self-appointment" was later criticized. In the Democratic primary for the special election in 1966 to fill the remainder of Johnston's term, Russell again lost to Fritz Hollings. McNair, however, won a gubernatorial term of his own in 1966 by defeating the Republican Joseph O. Rogers, Jr., while Hollings won election to the rest of Johnston's Senate term by defeating Republican Marshall Parker.
In 1966, after his short Senate tenure ended, Russell was appointed U.S. District Judge for the District of South Carolina by President Lyndon B. Johnson 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, on his 92nd birthday in 1998.
- Petersen, Melody (25 February 1998). "Donald S. Russell Dies at 92; Politician and Federal Judge". New York Times. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
- "Evans-Russell House, Spartanburg County (716 Otis Blvd, Spartanburg)". National Register Properties in South Carolina. South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
- Donald S. Russell - South Carolina Political Collections. University of South Carolina Archives. Article retrieved March 10, 2006.
- SCIway Biography of Donald Stuart Russell
- NGA Biography of Donald Stuart Russell
- Donald S. Russell at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Donald S. Russell at Find a Grave
- Donald S. Russell at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
|Assistant Secretary of State for Administration
September 24, 1945 – January 20, 1947
|Governor of South Carolina
Robert Evander McNair
|United States Senate|
Olin D. Johnston
|U.S. Senator (Class 3) from South Carolina
April 22, 1965 – November 8, 1966
Served alongside: Strom Thurmond