Edward Russell, 1st Baron Russell of Liverpool

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The Lord Russell of Liverpool
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Portrait of Edward Russell, 1st Baron Russell of Liverpool
Personal details
Born (1834-08-09)9 August 1834
London, England
Died 20 February 1920(1920-02-20) (aged 85)
Occupation Journalist, politician

Edward Richard Russell, 1st Baron Russell of Liverpool (9 August 1834 – 20 February 1920), was a British journalist and Liberal politician.

Russell was a newspaper man who also involved himself in politics. Born in London, he was largely self-made, rising to become Editor of the Liverpool Daily Post, a position he held for almost fifty years. He is reputed to have been a man of great ability, with high religious and moral standards. Well-travelled, an advocate of Temperance, and regarded as able public speaker, he supported the Liberal Party and was a founder of the Liverpool Parliamentary Debating Society. He corresponded with leading figures of the day, for example Annie Besant and H. H. Asquith. In 1865 he left Liverpool for London where he worked for The Morning Star and other newspapers. In writing parliamentary reports, he came to know members of government and was a friend of William Ewart Gladstone.

When Russell returned to Liverpool in 1869, it was as editor of the Daily Post which, under his leadership, became known as a leading provincial newspaper. From 1885 to 1887 Russell was Liberal MP for the constituency of Glasgow Bridgeton, then in 1893 he was knighted. In 1919, the year before his death, he was raised to the peerage as Baron Russell of Liverpool, of Liverpool in the County Palatine of Lancaster.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Glasgow Bridgeton
1885–1887
Succeeded by
Sir George Trevelyan
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Russell of Liverpool
1919–1920
Succeeded by
Edward Frederick Langley Russell