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Charles Phillips Russell

Charles Phillips Russell (1884-1974) (right) with Carl Sandburg

Charles Phillips Russell (class of 1904) was a journalist and biographer who taught both in the English department and in the journalism school, mentoring journalists and writers alike. He is best known for his popular biographies of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Paul Jones, as well as one of his great-aunt, Cornelia Phillips Spencer. He was the grandson of one faculty mathematician, Charles Phillips, and the great-grandson of another, James Phillips.