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Pennsylvania State Senate

Russell Errett



Session Position District Party
1867 25 Republican
 Counties   Allegheny


1817 - 1891

Known as Simon Cameron’s chief lieutenant, a journalist and politician, Russell Errett was born in New York City, November 10, 1817, the son of Wicklow, Ireland immigrant Henry Errett and Sophia Kemmish, also of Ireland.  He moved to Pittsburgh with his family in 1829, pursued the newspaper business; served as Comptroller of Pittsburgh, 1860; served as chief clerk of the Pennsylvania senate in 1860, 1861, and 1872-1876.  Through close political friend Simon Cameron, Russell received an appointment during the Civil War as paymaster in the United States Army, 1861, and served until mustered out in 1866.  He was a member of the State senate in 1867; appointed assessor of internal revenue, 1869-1873; elected to Congress, 1877-1883; chaired Committee on Expenditures on Public Buildings; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1882; appointed by President Arthur as United States pension agent at Pittsburgh in 1883 and served in this capacity until May 1887; he died in Carnegie, Pa., April 7, 1891; interment in Chartiers Cemetery, Carnegie, Allegheny County.