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 William Hepburn Russell, Sr

William Hepburn Russell, Sr

Birth
Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont, USA
Death 10 Sep 1872 (aged 60)
Palmyra, Marion County, Missouri, USA
Burial Palmyra, Marion County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 10152 · View Source
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Western Figure. Born in Burlington, Vermont, he was made manager in 1830, of the Western Missouri Steamboats in Lexington, conducting various trades on the Santa Fe trail, with the Army at Fort Leavenworth and Kansas Indian Reserves. In the 1850s, with partners Alexander Majors and William Waddell, Russell founded a freight company used for selling rifles, stores and agricultural implements seized from Free-State immigrants. In 1859, Russell went to Washington concerning a fast pony express service to supplement a transcontinental telegraph, until the telegraph line could be completed. This resulted in the creation of the Pony Express service for the transcontinental railroad south western routes. The Pony Express was short-lived, operating only from April 1860 to October 1861, but it caught the imagination of America.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 25 Jun 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10152
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Hepburn Russell, Sr (31 Jan 1812–10 Sep 1872), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10152, citing Greenwood Cemetery, Palmyra, Marion County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .