Russell J. Waters

Russell J. Waters, California Congressman.

Russell Judson Waters (June 6, 1843 – September 25, 1911) was a U.S. Representative from California.

Born in Halifax, Vermont, Waters moved with his parents to Franklin County, Massachusetts, in 1846. He attended the district schools. Learned the machinist's trade in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. He taught school at Charlemont Center, Massachusetts. He was graduated from Franklin Institute (later Arms Academy), Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, where he later was professor of Latin and mathematics. He moved to Chicago, Illinois, in 1867. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1868 and practiced in Chicago until 1886. He moved to California and settled in Redlands in 1886. City attorney of Redlands in 1888. He moved to Los Angeles in 1894. He served as president of the Pasadena Consolidated Gas Co.. Treasurer of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, vice president of the Citizens' Bank, and connected with many public institutions.

Waters was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1899 – March 3, 1901). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1900. He resumed banking as president of the Citizens' National Bank, Los Angeles. He served as president of the California Cattle Co., San Jacinto, California from 1903 to 1911. He served as president of the San Jacinto Water Co. in 1910 and 1911. He died in Los Angeles, California, September 25, 1911. He was interred in Hollywood Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "Russell J. Waters (id: W000188)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles A. Barlow
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
James McLachlan

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