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William Russell collection

William Russell collection

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Finding aid for the William Russell collection

BC.MSS.12.17

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700
arkinfo@cals.org

January 20, 2016



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:McIntire, Robert T.
Title: William Russell collection
Dates: 1807-1833
Quantity: 2.0 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains seven deeds and conveyances involving transactions of land speculator and surveyor William Russell, as well as two additional land documents.
Identification: BC.MSS.12.17
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically and by size of documents.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains seven deeds and conveyances documenting transactions of land speculator and surveyor William Russell, as well as two additional land documents. Of the seven documents involving Russell, four deal with land in what is now Arkansas. Of the two documents with no connection to Russell, one deals with land in Arkansas. The other lands described are in what is now Missouri and Illinois.


Biographical Information

William Houston Russell was born June 3, 1778, in Frederick County, Virginia, to Joseph and Margaret Campbell Russell. The family later moved to Hawkins County, Tennessee. At about the time that ownership of the Louisiana Territory was transferred to the United States, William Russell moved from Tennessee to St. Louis. He was appointed deputy surveyor of the new American Territorial government by President Thomas Jefferson.

Although he maintained his home in St. Louis, his work as surveyor took him throughout the territory of what eventually became Missouri and Arkansas. His work also enabled him to identify the choice pieces of land that would become available to the public, and in the process he became a wealthy land owner. He was widely known for his skill and success as a land speculator.

Russell is best known in Arkansas for the role he played in the founding of Little Rock and in its choice as capital of the territory. He also had substantial land holdings in the territory and helped lay out other towns, including Helena.

Russell's only child, Ann Clementina Russell, was born to Clementina Stillwell at Arkansas Post in 1823. Although he was not married to Clementina, Russell saw to Ann's education and made her his heir. He was living with Ann and her family in St. Louis when he died on July 14, 1857.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Arkansas County (Ark.)
Arkansas Territory
Deeds -- Arkansas
Easton, Rufus, 1774-1834
Land speculation -- Arkansas
Land speculation -- Missouri
Missouri Territory
Phillips County (Ark.)
Phillips, Sylvanus, 1765-1830
Russell, William, 1778-1857

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William Russell collection, MSS.12.17, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Robert T. McIntire, December 30, 2008


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