Russell, William Hepburn
- Edward A. Goedeken
Russell, William Hepburn (31 January 1812–10 September 1872), freighter and founder of the Pony Express, was born in Burlington, Vermont, the son of William Eaton Russell, a soldier, and Myrtilla Hepburn Russell. William's father had served as a field commander during the War of 1812 and was killed in 1814. Two years later, William's mother married Oliver Bangs, who had acquired work at the Iowa Indian Agency and moved his family to the western side of Missouri in the 1820s. William attended school for only a few short years and, in 1824, at the age of sixteen, left home to find work in Liberty, Missouri, one of the larger towns on the settled prairie fringe....