Mary Rhodes Russell

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Mary Rhodes Russell
Judge of the Supreme Court of Missouri
Assumed office
Appointed by Bob Holden
Preceded by William Duane Benton
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri
In office
July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2015
Preceded by Richard B. Teitelman
Succeeded by Patricia Breckenridge
Personal details
Born (1958-07-28) July 28, 1958 (age 59)
Hannibal, Missouri, U.S.[1]
Spouse(s) Widow
Alma mater Truman State University
University of Missouri School of Law

Mary Rhodes Russell (born July 28, 1958 in Hannibal, Missouri) is a judge of the Supreme Court of Missouri. She served a two-year term as chief justice from July 2013 through June 2015. She was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2004 by Governor Bob Holden.

In 1980 she graduated summa cum laude from Northeast Missouri State University and received her law degree in 1983 from the University of Missouri. She served as a law clerk for George Gunn at the Supreme Court of Missouri, before entering private practice in Hannibal.

She served on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, from 1994 to 2004 and was its chief judge from 1999 to 2000.


  1. ^ Official Manual of Missouri, 2009-2010

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Legal offices
Preceded by
William Duane Benton
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri
Preceded by
Richard B. Teitelman
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri
Succeeded by
Patricia Breckenridge