Train, Russell Eroll, 1920-2012

Hide Profile

Conservationist, jurist, and EPA administrator.

From the description of Russell E. Train papers, 1898-2005 (bulk 1957-2005). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71132930

Russell Errol Train was born in Jamestown, Rhode Island, on June 4, 1920. He graduated from Princeton University (B.A., 1941), and from Columbia University Law School (L.L.B., 1948). He held positions on various Congressional committees (1949-1956) and was a judge for the United States Tax Court (1957-1965). Train founded the Wildlife Leader Foundation (1959), the African Wildlife Foundation (1961), and served as the first vice-president of the World Wildlife Fund, Inc.-U.S. (1961), president of The Conservation Foundation (1965-1969), under secretary of the Department of the Interior (1969-1970), chair of the Council on Environmental Quality (1969-1973), second administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency during the Nixon administration (1973-1977), president (1978-1985) and chair (1985-1994) of the World Wildlife Fund-U.S.

From the description of Russell E. Train correspondence with Charles A. Lindbergh regarding conservation issues, 1966-2008 (inclusive). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702198503

From the guide to the Russell E. Train correspondence with Charles A. Lindbergh regarding conservation issues, 1966-2008, (Manuscripts and Archives)

Russell Eroll Train was born in June 1920 in Jamestown, Rhode Island, a son of Navy Rear Admiral Charles R. Train and Errol C. Brown. In 1954, he married Aileen Bowdoin. In 1941, he received a BA in politics from Princeton University and, after serving in the Army during World War II, received an LL.B. in 1948 from Columbia University Law School. From 1948 to 1965 he served as legal advisor for the Congressional Joint Committee of the House Ways and Means; Chief Counsel, then Minority Advisor to the same committee; and Assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury and chief of the department's tax legislative staff. In 1957 President Dwight Eisenhower asked the 37 year old lawyer to complete an unexpired term as U.S. Tax Court Judge, following which President John F. Kennedy chose him for a full 12 year appointment. In 1959, Train founded and served as head of the African Wildlife Leadership Foundation. He later became president of the Conservation Foundation. In 1968, he was appointed to the National Water Commission by President Lyndon Johnson. In 1969 President Richard M. Nixon appointed him as Under Secretary of the Interior to balance appointments that other environmentalists strongly opposed. As Under Secretary, he dealt efficiently with controversial issues including the Trans-Alaska pipeline and he led the Alaska Pipeline Intergovernmental Task Force. He urged Congress to create the Council on Environmental Quality, and was soon made chairman by President Nixon. This council identified major environmental problems and urged for strong federal policy to help with their solutions. He became administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1973. In this position, he openly disagreed with the Nixon administration for attempting to prevent enforcement of environmental laws. He also became involved in the energy debate of the time, in which he pushed for government involvement in conserving such resources and at the same time reducing water pollution. In 1977, he retired from his position at EPA and returned to the Conservation Foundation. In 1978 he was named president and chief executive officer of the World Wildlife Fund (U.S.) and became its chairman of the board in 1985. On November 18, 1991, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George H. W. Bush.

From the description of Train, Russell E. (Russell Eroll), 1920- (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10568238

Obadiah Bruen Brown arrived in the city of Washington in 1807 as the first pastor of the First Baptist Church. The same year Obadiah Brown become pastor he also began working at the Post Office Department (eventually becoming Chief of the Contract Division) and was elected chaplain of the House of Representatives. He married Elizabeth Riley Jackson in 1808. In 1820, Brown was an active delegate to the Baptist General Convention in Philadelphia, where it was decided to open a Baptist institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. On February 9, 1821, President James Monroe signed the legislation that passed Congress granting a charter for the Columbian College (now George Washington University) which opened later that year. Brown served as the first President of the Board of Trustees of the college. Other members of the Brown family included in this collection include William Van Horne Brown (Brown's son), Thomas B. Brown (another son), and George Whitfield Brown (a grandson). Most of the information about the Brown family in this biography comes from Russell Train's book The Train Family (Special Collections CT274.T73 T73 2000), relating the history of the Brown family.

From the description of Obadiah Bruen Brown Family papers, 1807-1941. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 256500088

Biographical Note

  • 1920, June 4: Born, Jamestown, R.I.
  • 1941: B.A., Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.
  • 1941 - 1946 : World War II service, army field artillery
  • 1948: LL.B, Columbia University Law School, New York, N.Y.
  • 1948 - 1953 : Counsel, Congressional Joint Committee on Revenue and Taxation, Washington, D.C.
  • 1953 - 1955 : Clerk and minority advisor, House Committee on Ways and Means
  • 1954: Married Aileen Bowdoin
  • 1956 - 1957 : Head, Legal Advisory Staff, Treasury Department
  • 1957 - 1965 : Judge, Tax Court of the United States
  • 1961 - 1965 : Founded and served as president of the African Wildlife Leadership Foundation
  • 1965 - 1969 : President, Conservation Foundation
  • 1969 - 1970 : Under secretary, Department of the Interior
  • 1970 - 1973 : Chairman, Council on Environmental Quality
  • 1970 - 1979 : Representative to North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society
  • 1973 - 1977 : Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
  • 1978 - 1994 : President and chairman of the board, World Wildlife Fund (US)
  • 1994 - : Chairman emeritus, World Wildlife Fund (US)

From the guide to the Russell E. Train Papers, 1898-2005, (bulk 1957-2005), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Conservation Foundation. Letters, 1964-1967, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Train, Russell E., 1920-. Russell E. Train papers, 1898-2005 (bulk 1957-2005). Library of Congress
referencedIn Samuel T. Dana papers, 1893-1970, 1925-1968 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn The, Daily Worker, and, The Daily World, Photographs Collection, Bulk, 1930-1990, 1920-2001 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
creatorOf Sound Recordings of Meetings and Telephone Conversations (Nixon Administration). 2/16/1971 - 7/18/1973. Sound Recordings of Meetings and Telephone Conversations. 2/16/1971 - 7/18/1973. Oval Office tape number 774
creatorOf Russell E. Train correspondence with Charles A. Lindbergh regarding conservation issues, 1966-2008 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Russell E. Train Journals. 1975 - 1977. Journal Extracts
creatorOf Train, Russell E., 1920-. Russell E. Train interviews General Elwood R. Quesada about his safari to East Africa in 1932. American Museum of Natural History
creatorOf Train, Russell E., 1920-. Russell E. Train correspondence with Charles A. Lindbergh regarding conservation issues, 1966-2008 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Records of the Environmental Protection Agency. 1944 - 2006. Photographs of Agency Personnel United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Elliot L. Richardson Papers, 1780-1999, (bulk 1947-1999) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Richardson, Elliot L., 1920-1999. Papers of Elliot L. Richardson, 1780-1991 (bulk 1947-1991). Library of Congress
creatorOf Train, Russell E., 1920-. Obadiah Bruen Brown Family papers, 1807-1941. George Washington University
Russell E. Train Journals
creatorOf Train, Russell E., 1920- ,. The Russell E. Train Africana Collection, 1663-1996. Smithsonian Institution. Libraries
creatorOf Russell E. Train Papers, 1898-2005, (bulk 1957-2005) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf St. John's Church (Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C.). Letter, 1965, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith African Wildlife Foundation. corporateBody
associatedWith African Wildlife Leadership Foundation. corporateBody
associatedWith Akeley, Carl Ethan, 1864-1926. person
associatedWith Baines, Thomas, 1820-1875. person
associatedWith Baker, Samuel White, Sir, 1821-1893. person
correspondedWith Bradley, Tom, 1917-1998 person
associatedWith Brown family. family
associatedWith Brown, George Whitfield, 1853-1940. person
associatedWith Brown, Obadiah B., 1779-1852. person
associatedWith Brown, Thomas B., 1809-1838. person
associatedWith Brown, William Van Horne, 1812-1862. person
associatedWith Burton, Richard Francis, Sir, 1821-1890. person
correspondedWith Bush, George, 1924- person
correspondedWith Butz, Earl L. (Earl Lauer), 1909-2008 person
associatedWith Columbian College in the District of Columbia corporateBody
associatedWith Communist Party of the United States of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Conservation Foundation. corporateBody
associatedWith Council on Environmental Quality (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Dana, Samuel Trask, 1883- person
associatedWith Davison, F. Trubee person
associatedWith Du Chaillu, Paul B. (Paul Belloni), 1835-1903. person
associatedWith Dugmore, A. Radclyffe (Arthur Radclyffe), 1870-1955. person
correspondedWith Ehrlichman, John person
associatedWith First Baptist Church (Washington, D.C.) corporateBody
associatedWith Ford, Gerald R., 1913-2006. person
associatedWith Gabrielson, Ira Noel, 1889-1977. person
associatedWith George Washington University corporateBody
correspondedWith Gibbons, Boyd person
associatedWith Glave, E. J. (Edward James) person
correspondedWith Godfrey, Arthur, 1903-1983 person
correspondedWith Harriman, W. Averell (William Averell), 1891-1986 person
associatedWith Heller, Edmund, 1875-1939. person
correspondedWith Holton, A. Linwood (Abner Linwood), 1923- person
associatedWith International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. corporateBody
associatedWith Izraėlʹ, I︠U︡. A. (I︠U︡riĭ Antonievich) person
correspondedWith Johnson, Lady Bird, 1912-2007 person
associatedWith Johnson, Martin, 1884-1937. person
associatedWith Johnson, Osa, 1894-1953. person
associatedWith Joint US-USSR Committee on Cooperation in the Field of Environmental Protection. corporateBody
correspondedWith Kissinger, Henry, 1923- person
correspondedWith Kissinger, Henry, 1923- person
associatedWith Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1902-1974. person
associatedWith Livingstone, David, 1813-1873. person
correspondedWith Lugar, Richard person
correspondedWith Lugar, Richard person
correspondedWith McNamara, Robert S., 1916-2009 person
correspondedWith Moynihan, Daniel P. (Daniel Patrick), 1927-2003 person
associatedWith Nelson, Robert Henry, 1853-1892. person
associatedWith Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994. person
associatedWith North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Osborn, Fairfield, 1887-1969. person
associatedWith Quesada, Elwood R. (Elwood Richard), 1904- person
correspondedWith Reilly, William K. (William Kane), 1940- person
correspondedWith Richardson, Elliot L., 1920-1999 person
correspondedWith Ripley, Sidney Dillon, 1913-2001 person
correspondedWith Rockefeller, Laurance Spelman person
correspondedWith Rogers, William P. (William Pierce), 1913-2001 person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919. person
correspondedWith Ruckelshaus, William Doyle, 1932- person
correspondedWith Rumsfeld, Donald, 1932- person
associatedWith Russell E. Train Africana Collection (Smithsonian Institution. Libraries) corporateBody
associatedWith Selous, Frederick Courteney, 1851-1917. person
associatedWith Stanley, Henry M. (Henry Morton), 1841-1904. person
correspondedWith Stans, Maurice H., 1908-1998 person
associatedWith St. John's Church (Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C.). corporateBody
correspondedWith Temple, Shirley, 1928- person
correspondedWith Trudeau, Pierre Elliott person
correspondedWith Trudeau, Pierre Elliott person
associatedWith United States. Department of the Interior. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Dept. of the Interior. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Environmental Protection Agency. corporateBody
correspondedWith Walker, Peter, 1932-2010 person
correspondedWith Wallace, George C. (George Corley), 1919-1998 person
correspondedWith Ward, Barbara, 1914-1981 person
correspondedWith Weinberger, Caspar W. person
correspondedWith Weinberger, Caspar W. person
associatedWith Windsor, Edward, Duke of, 1894-1972. person
associatedWith World Wildlife Fund (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith World Wildlife Fund (US) corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Africa
China
Spain
Soviet Union
Washington (D.C.)
Canada
Africa
United States
Africa, East
Germany
Great Lakes Region (North America)
Subject
Nature conservation
Environmental policy--Soviet Union
Environmental policy--United States
Environmental policy--Canada
Hunting
Water quality
Zoological specimens--Collection and preservation
Explorers
Environmental policy
Wildlife conservation
Environmental policy--Spain
Environmental policy--China
Baptists
Conservation of natural resources
Environmental policy--Germany
Safaris
Environmental policy--Great Lakes Region (North America)
Natural history--Technique
Natural history
Wildlife conservation--Africa
Occupation
Conservationists
Collector
Administrators
Jurists
Function

Person

Birth 1920-06-04

Death 2012-09-17

Russian,

English

Information

Permalink: http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6b85k12

Ark ID: w6b85k12

SNAC ID: 45877463