Bessie Russell (1909 - 1987)

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Florence, Rankin County, Mississippi

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1909 - In the year that Bessie Russell was born, William Howard Taft became the 27th President of the United States on March 4th. Previously Secretary of War, Judge on the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, Solicitor General of the U.S., and Governor of both the Philippines and Cuba, Taft was the only President who went on to become Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

1912 - At the age of merely 3 years old, Bessie was alive when the Girl Scouts of the USA was started by Juliette Gordon Low with the help of Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Boy Scouts in Great Britain. She said after a meeting with Baden-Powell, "I've got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we're going to start it tonight!" And she did.

1940 - She was 31 years old when on November 5th, President Franklin Roosevelt was elected to a third term, defeating Wendell Willkie of Indiana (a corporate lawyer). Roosevelt running for a third term was controversial. But the U.S. was emerging from the Great Recession and he promised that he would not involve the country in any foreign war (which of course changed when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor). Roosevelt defeated Willkie in the popular vote by 54.7 to 44.8% and in the Electoral College 449 to 82.

1960 - At the age of 51 years old, Bessie was alive when on September 26th, the first televised debate for a Presidential campaign in the United States - Kennedy vs Nixon - was held. Seventy million people watched the debate on TV. The debate pre-empted the very popular Andy Griffith Show.

1987 - In the year of Bessie Russell's passing, was the first time that a criminal in the United States - a serial rapist - was convicted through the use of DNA evidence.

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Bessie Russell passed away in August 1987 at 78 years of age. No cause of death has been listed for Bessie. She was born on July 10, 1909. We have no information about Bessie's immediate family. We know that Bessie Russell had been residing in Florence, Rankin County, Mississippi.

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