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James E. Russell

Dean of Teachers' College

Centurion, 1902–1945

Full Name James Earl Russell

Born 1 July 1864 in Hamden, New York

Died 4 November 1945 in Trenton, New Jersey

Proposed by Seth Low and William E. Dodge

Elected 3 May 1902 at age thirty-seven

Archivist’s Note: Father of William F. Russell; grandfather of James Earl Russell II

Century Memorial

James Earl Russell. [Born] 1864. Educator.

First Dean of Teachers College of Columbia University, he raised it from a small normal school to professional standing, with influence, through its graduates, upon the lives of millions of many races and lands. At his retirement in 1927, Teachers College graduates were conducting schools and determining educational policies throughout the world. He was alert to educational movements everywhere and both followed and led them. He was a trusted counselor to many leaders in education and philanthropy.

Source: Henry Allen Moe Papers, Mss.B.M722. Reproduced by permission of American Philosophical Society Library & Museum, Philadelphia

Henry Allen Moe
Henry Allen Moe Papers, 1945 Memorials