B. Russell Gallery
State legislator and Georgia governor who became a powerful United
States Senator, and ran for President in 1952.
His name may have been Richard, but almost everybody knew him as
"Dick" Russell. Left: Signature of the United States Senator
As Georgia Governor in
1932, Richard B. Russell worked to ensure the election of Franklin
The job was not difficult since Roosevelt was popular throughout
the state, visiting Warm Springs on a number of occasions. That's
the governor in the lower left hand corner, looking at his remarks.
|Russell was extremely popular in
the South, due in part to his pro-segregation stance (he was also
a strong supporter of many things Southerners felt important, like
agriculture and a strong military). In this photo he is preparing
to address a Florida crowd, having been
||In 1952 Russell announced his candidacy
for United State President. In 1948 the "Dixiecrats" had bolted
from the fold, unhappy with the direction the Democrats were headed.
They selected Strom Thurmond at a separate convention in Birmingham,
Russell's run was considered to be an attempt to bring the South
back into the Democrats fold, making the party appeal to the entire
Senator Russell's failed run for the president
had a cascading effect on the Democratic Party, and the Nation.
Baines Johnson, a protege of the Georgia Senator, realized that
Russell's failure to denounce his pro-segration stance seriously
impacted his candidacy. for president.
As a result Johnson advocated
Civil Rights for all Americans and passed the Civil Rights
Act of 1957,
first such legislation in over 100 years. He ran for president
Here Johnson and Russell are having a discussion in the Oval
In 1995 a statue of Richard B. Russell was placed in the Russell
Senate Office Building Rotunda. The dedication took place on January
Biography of Senator Richard B. "Dick" Russell
Richard B. Russell timeline
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