“Boys, I’m dying, but my doctors won’t tell me so. I need somebody to pick up after I’m gone, and it oughta be Herman. Herman’s a brilliant boy; he has a great future in politics. He could even be a senator. Lindley, you know a lot of…

“You G.I. boys are my campaign managers. You’re the ones that I’m countin’ on next Wednesday to match that solid block of Nigra votes that I know’s gonna’ vote a’ginst me. And I think you can do it...  Now I’ve come to the one…

“I was born and raised in Georgia. Four generations of my ancestors sleep beneath Georgia’s sod. I am a graduate of the University of Georgia. My father and my grandfather also were students at the University of Georgia, and walked those paths,…

“Georgia would tax her white people and give 90 percent of the money to the negroes. You know and I know that not 10 percent of the white people would qualify. I protect the negros in his rights. I have friends among the Negroes of the state. I…

“Trying to help the farmer! Telling him what to plant on his land, and how little, and then telling him that taxing it over 50 per cent of its worth will help him! And those who were hired and given jobs with the government pretend to believe…

“Boys, Mr. Brown has charged that I am not a lawyer of good repute. I ask any lawyer that has ever practiced law with me at the bar to hold up their hands. Haven’t I always conducted myself as a lawyer should and have I ever violated the ethics…

Editor’s Note: Russell had left behind a legislative career that lasted for over half a century. He would be remembered as an agrarian and an early proponent of the New Deal. He would also head numerous committees including one to investigate the…

Editor’s Note: The above quote is from the Congressional Record concerning the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act. A great deal of Russell’s efforts as a Georgia Senator revolved around agriculture both at home and abroad. He would be…

Editor’s Note: Russell would leave his post as Governor not long after obtaining it, as Georgia Senator William Harris would die of a heart attack in 1932. After a heated senate run in 1933 making him the youngest member of the senate, Russell…

Editor’s Note: After his time in Georgia’s House of Representatives, that began when he was twenty-three, Richard ran for Governor. He would win the election and be sworn into office by his father in June of 1931. During his time in office he…