John Russell of Bluffdale
John Russell of Bluffdale (1793–1863) was a 19th-century American novelist, writer and licensed Baptist preacher. He wrote the first published novel featuring Mormons. Russell was born in Vermont, but lived most of his live in Bluffdale, Illinois.
Among Russell's works were The Venomous Worm, a pro-temperance story published in McGuffey Readers. He also had published in 1853 The Mormoness, the first published novel featuring a Mormon. It represented a more balanced portrayal of Mormons than most 19th-century mentions, lamenting attacks on their religious freedom while still largely disparaging their beliefs and practices.