Russell, William Hepburn
Russell, William Hepburn(1812–72) Pony Express founder; born in Burlington, Vt. He moved to Missouri, and, with Alexander Majors, formed the Pony Express (April 1860), which carried the mail from Missouri to California in ten days; the telegraph soon put an end to the service (in October 1861). He was involved in an embezzlement scandal (1861) and he lost a fortune when he sold his freight company in 1862.
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