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RUSSELL, RICHARD ROBERTSON (1858–1922). Richard Robertson Russell, rancher, son of James Oliver and Jane (Robertson) Russell, was born on October 8, 1858, in Dawson County, Georgia. After moving to Texas about 1870 or 1871, he worked in Menard County for his uncle Peter Robertson, who paid him with 100 cattle. Russell enlisted in 1880 in Daniel Webster Roberts's company of Texas Rangersqv, stationed in Kimble County, and served for two years. He joined the Cattle Raisers' Association (see TEXAS AND SOUTHWESTERN CATTLE RAISERS ASSOCIATION) in 1889 and was for many years on its executive committee. He was elected sheriff of Menard County in 1886 and served until 1896. In 1892 he married Mattie E. Strickland in Tom Green County. They became the parents of two children. Russell moved to San Antonio in 1905. There he organized and was president of the State Bank and Trust Company and was president of the San Antonio, Rockport and Mexican Railroad. He owned ranchland in Oklahoma and in the Texas counties of Menard, Schleicher, Kimble, Runnels, and Val Verde. He held stock in the 245,000-acre Big Canyon Ranch in Terrell and Pecos counties. He died in San Antonio on June 28, 1922.


Lewis E. Daniell, Texas-The Country and Its Men (Austin?, 1924?). Ellis A. Davis and Edwin H. Grobe, comps., The New Encyclopedia of Texas (4 vols., 1929?). San Antonio Express, June 29, 1922.

Marie Giles


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Marie Giles, "RUSSELL, RICHARD ROBERTSON," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 30, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.