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Charles Taze Russell, (February 16, 1852 - October 31, 1916), founder of the Bible Students Association.
Russell for a time attended the Episcopalian Church, but his interest in spiritual matters was kindled when he attended a sermon of Adventist Preacher Jonas Wendell.
In 1873, at the age of 21, Russell published a booklet entitled The Object and Manner of the Lordís Return. Around 50 000 copies were published. In 1879, he began publishing Zionís Watch Tower and Herald of Christ's Presence, now known as The Watchtower.
Convinced of the need to promote what he considered to be the truth of the Bibleís message, Russell dissolved his partnership in his father's haberdashery business and devoted his entire fortune, approximately a quarter of a million dollars, to the promulgation of the Christian religion and the distribution of Bible literature.
Russell died at the age of 64 on a train in Pampa, Texas, while on a lecture tour of the midwestern and southern parts of the United States.