Born: February 15, 1843, Worthington, Massachusetts.
Died: December 6, 1925, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Buried: Temple University, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania.
Russell was the son of Martin and Maranda Conwell. He married twice, to Jennie P. Hayden and Sarah Frances Sanborn.
A Baptist minister, orator, philanthropist, lawyer, and writer, he is best remembered as the founder and president of Temple University in Pennsylvania, and for his lecture, Acres of Diamonds.