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Charles Hinton Russell (December 27, 1903 – September 13, 1989) was an American politician. He was the 20th Governor of Nevada. He was a member of the Republican Party.

Charles H. Russell
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20th Governor of Nevada
In office
January 1, 1951 – January 5, 1959
LieutenantClifford A. Jones
Rex Bell
Preceded byVail M. Pittman
Succeeded byGrant Sawyer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Nevada's At-Large district
In office
January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1949
Preceded byBerkeley L. Bunker
Succeeded byWalter S. Baring, Jr.
Member of the Nevada Senate
In office
Personal details
Charles Hinton Russell

(1903-12-27)December 27, 1903
Lovelock, Nevada, U.S.
DiedSeptember 13, 1989(1989-09-13) (aged 85)
Carson City, Nevada, U.S.
Resting placeDayton Cemetery
Dayton, Nevada, U.S.
Political partyRepublican


Russell was born on December 27, 1903 in Lovelock, Nevada. He graduated from the University of Nevada in 1926. He taught school in Ruby Valley for one term and then went to Ruth to work for the copper company. He was the editor of the Ely Record for seventeen years, beginning in 1929.[1]

Political careerEdit

Russell was a member of the Nevada state Senate from 1941 to 1946. After that, he was elected as a Republican to the Eightieth Congress, succeeding Democrat Berkeley L. Bunker, who ran unsuccessfully for the U. S. Senate. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1948 to the Eighty-first Congress, narrowly losing to Reno City Councilman Walter S. Baring. He was elected Nevada Governor in 1951 and signed into law SB79, which made Nevada into a right-to-work state.[2] He left office in 1959.


Russell died on September 13, 1989 in Carson City, Nevada, at the age of 85. He is interred at the Dayton Cemetery in Dayton, Nevada.


  1. ^ Myles, Myrtle (1972). Nevada's governors: From territorial days to the present, 1861-1971. Sparks, NV: Western Printing & Publishing Co. p. 310. ISBN 0-912814-01-1; ISBN 9990551812.
  2. ^ Litchfield,Larry"A Fight from the Beginning: Nevada's Right to Work Law", Nevada Journal

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Political offices
Preceded by
Vail M. Pittman
Governor of Nevada
January 1, 1951 – January 5, 1959
Succeeded by
Grant Sawyer
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Berkeley L. Bunker
United States House of Representatives, Nevada At-Large
January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1949
Succeeded by
Walter S. Baring, Jr.