[MISSISSIPPI] Lee M. Russell (1875-1943) the 40th Governor of Mississippi. He was born in Lafayette County, Mississippi and later attended the University of Mississippi. During his time as a student, he was the leader in a movement to abolish Greek fraternities. Russell was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives in 1907 and to the Mississippi State Senate in 1909. n 1912, he successfully passed a bill prohibiting secret and exclusive societies at the public institutions of higher learning. The law stayed on the books for twelve years. Russell was elected to the office of lieutenant governor in 1915 and elected governor in 1919. His term was marked by crop failures due to the boll weevil. Russell also filed an antitrust suit against several fire insurance companies for their business practices. In 1923, he was sued for seduction and breach of promise by his former secretary Frances Birkhead. Russell was acquitted and he blamed the lawsuit on the fire insurance industry. TLS, 1919, 1p, to WHO'S WHO IN AMERICA, stating he does not wish to provide a biographical sketch of himself and noting, "We all know 'who's who' down here and that suits us." Also, does not wish to be annoyed to death by a salesman trying to sell him a copy of the book. Includes carbon copies of several Who's Who letters to Russell.