J. Russell Tuten

James Russell Tuten ( born July 23, 1911, Appling County, Georgia; † August 16, 1968 in Falls Church, Virginia ) was an American politician. Between 1963 and 1967 he represented the state of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Russell Tuten attended the public schools of his home. He then worked as a teacher, farmer and mason. Later he became a building contractor. Between 1956 and 1962 he was a city councilor in Brunswick. In the years 1958 and 1962 he was mayor of that city. He also became Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Brewton Parker College in Mount Vernon.

Politically, tooting a member of the Democratic Party. In the congressional elections of 1962 he was in the eighth constituency of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Iris Faircloth Blitch on January 3, 1963. After a re-election in 1864 he was able to complete in Congress until January 3, 1967 two legislative sessions. These were shaped by the events of the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement. During this time, the 23 and the 24th Amendment to the Constitution were adopted.

In 1966, Russell missed tooting the renewed his party's nomination for re-election. Since 1967 he was deputy chairman of the Coastal Plains Regional Commission. He died on August 16, 1968 in Falls Church, and was buried in Brunswick.