Russell Goes to Washington
On Tuesday evening, January 10, 1933, Russell and a large group of his friends boarded the train in Atlanta for Washington. Among those making the trip to see the new senator sworn in were Russell's brother Robert, Jud Wilhoit, Lawrence Camp, Spence Grayson, and a number of other close personal and political friends. Waiting at the station in Washington the following morning to greet the Russell party were Senator Cohen and two of Dick's sisters, Ina D. Russell, a Washington attorney, and Mrs. Harriette Russell Sharpton. Later in the day, he was assigned to Room 439 in the Senate Office Building. Meanwhile, he had obtained living quarters in the Hamilton Hotel where he would live for the next several years.
Shortly after noon the next day, January 12, Georgia's other senator, Walter E George, escorted Russell down the aisle for the swearing-in ceremony. Vice President Charles Curtis administered the oath of office. Several senators extended their congratulations, while friends and relatives looked on proudly from the gallery. By becoming a member of the Senate early in January, Russell gained seniority over other newly elected colleagues who would be sworn in on March 4 at the beginning of the new Congress.
Immediately after the ceremony, Senator Cohen held a luncheon for Russell, the Georgia congressional delegation, Dick's friends from Georgia, and several relatives. Senator Cohen welcomed Russell and praised his political record. Russell responded by expressing a deep feeling of humility. He stated that he had "come to the greatest deliberative body in the world, from the greatest state in the world whose people are the best . . . in the world, and I am surrounded here by many of the best friends I have in the world." 1
Russell had his office staff in place and ready to begin work immediately. Leeman Anderson came to Washington with him from the governor's office to become his principal assistant. Harriet Taylor who had