James Russell Tuten (July 23, 1911 – August 16, 1968) was a U.S. Representative from Georgia.

J. Russell Tuten
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 8th district
In office
January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1967
Preceded byIris Blitch
Succeeded byW. S. Stuckey Jr.
Personal details
James Russell Tuten

(1911-07-23)July 23, 1911
Appling County, Georgia
DiedAugust 16, 1968(1968-08-16) (aged 57)
Political partyDemocratic

Tuten was born on a farm in Appling County, Georgia. He was educated in county public schools, South Georgia College at Douglas, and Georgia Southern College at Statesboro. Tuten engaged in farming, teaching, bricklaying, and business as a building contractor. He was active in the government of Brunswick, Georgia, serving as a city commissioner from 1956 to 1962, and then mayor from 1958 and 1962. Tuten served as chairman of the board of trustees, Brewton–Parker College at Mount Vernon, Georgia.

He was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-eighth and Eighty-ninth Congresses (January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1967). However, he was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1966. Tuten was appointed as cochairman of the Coastal Plains Regional Commission in 1967. He died in Falls Church, Virginia, August 16, 1968. Tuten was interred in Palmetto Cemetery, Brunswick, Georgia.


  • United States Congress. "J. Russell Tuten (id: T000436)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Iris Blitch
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 8th congressional district

January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1967
Succeeded by
Williamson S. Stuckey, Jr.

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