John Russell (prohibitionist)

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John Russell (1822 – 1912) was a Methodist preacher who became a leading advocate for prohibition during the 1870s.[1] Russell helped organize the Prohibition Party, was its first National Committee Chairman,[2] and was the party's running mate for James Black in the 1872 United States presidential election. As a journalist, Russell published the Detroit Peninsular Herald as the first prohibition newspaper.[3] He was born in 1822 in Livingston, New York. He died on November 4, 1912 in Detroit.


  1. ^ "Prohibition Leader Found Dead" (PDF). New York Times. November 5, 1912.
  2. ^ Prohibition Party National Committee - History
  3. ^ Kobler, John (March 22, 1993). Ardent Spirits: The Rise And Fall Of Prohibition. Da Capo Press. p. 104. ISBN 978-0-306-80512-7.