Benjamin Russell

Benjamin Russell, jurist, author (b at Dartmouth, NS 10 Jan 1849; d at Halifax 21 Sept 1935). An accomplished and versatile jurist, Russell quickly distinguished himself after being called to the NS Bar in 1872.

Benjamin Russell, jurist, author (b at Dartmouth, NS 10 Jan 1849; d at Halifax 21 Sept 1935). An accomplished and versatile jurist, Russell quickly distinguished himself after being called to the NS Bar in 1872. In addition to maintaining a successful practice at Halifax, he reported the debates in the Assembly (1869-83), acted as official reporter and unofficial legal adviser to the Legislative Council (1884-96) and was official reporter of the NS Supreme Court (1875-95).

From 1883 he was a lecturer in law at Dalhousie U and thereafter wrote or edited numerous important legal works, including an Autobiography (1932). Created KC in 1890, in 1904 he was appointed a puisne judge of the NS Supreme Court, where he served until his death.