Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890-1920

Biography of Eleanor Brice Russell, 1881-1936

By Caitlin Hucik, Archives Technician, National Archives and Records Administration

Member of West Virginia Equal Suffrage Association

Eleanor Brice Russell was born in Wheeling, WV in June 1881 to Sylvester L. Brice, a Civil War veteran and pharmacist, and Eleanor Taney. The youngest of three children, she was their only daughter. Eleanor was an accomplished pianist and a member of the Wheeling Women's Musical Club.

Eleanor married Henry M. Russell, a prominent Wheeling attorney, in April 1905. The couple had two daughters, Jane and Ann, and resided in the Highland Park and Echo Point neighborhoods of Wheeling.

Russell was an active member of the West Virginia Equal Suffrage Association. At her own expense, she traveled throughout West Virginia speaking to groups about Women's Suffrage.

Eleanor Russell died at the age of 55 on November 23, 1936 in Wheeling, WV and is buried at Greenwood Cemetery.


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