Russell, New York

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Russell is a town in St. Lawrence County, New York, United States. The population was 1,801 at the 2000 census. The town is named after Russell Attwater, the pioneer land owner.

The Town of Russell is centrally located in the county and is south of Canton.



The town land was purchased by Russell Atwater in 1798. The town was first settled in 1805.

Russell Attwater was elected the first town supervisor, when the town was formed in 1807 from previously named townships: Dewitt, Ballybean and Sarahsburg. In 1813 and 1816, part of Russell was removed to form the Town of Fowler. More of Russell was taken to form, in whole or part, the Towns of Rossie (1813), Pierrepont (1818), and Fine (1849).

During the War of 1812, an arsenal was located in the town near Russell village. Sold in 1865, it served as a school for many years. The Arsenal was destroyed by fire in 1945.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 97.3 square miles (252.0 km²), of which, 96.8 square miles (250.6 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.4 km²) of it (0.54%) is water.

The Grasse River flows northward through the town.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,801 people, 650 households, and 482 families residing in the town. The population density was 18.6 people per square mile (7.2/km²). There were 854 housing units at an average density of 8.8/sq mi (3.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.00% White, 0.17% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.06% from other races, and 0.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.11% of the population.

There were 650 households out of which 39.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.2% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.8% were non-families. 19.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.14.

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