Russell, Joseph (1734-1795)

Providence printer and auctioneer.

Partner of John Green, a prominent printer in Providence, Rhode Island (1755). Opened an auction room, which achieved great success; he and Green remained partners and divided the profits of their endeavors. Later formed a partnership with Samuel Clap. Well-known and widely admired.

Born and trained in Boston. In 1774, Russell headed a household of nineteen people, including seven white adults, nine children, and three African-Americans (presumably slaves).