Alexander Rutherford Russell was a pioneer South Australian clergyman. After studying at Edinburgh University and Trinity College Dublin, he was ordained in the Church of England in 1851. He served in parishes in England before coming to Adelaide, to St John's, Halifax Street and then St Paul's, Pulteney Street from its opening in 1860 to his death in 1886. He was appointed Canon and Rural Dean in 1857, Dean of the Adelaide Cathedral in 1859 and Vicar-General in 1878. He was active in areas of social concern, supporting the working classes and promoting the temperance movement.
As well as his books of verse, he published collections of his sermons.
Alexander Russell Russell is listed in H. J. Gibbney and Ann G. Smith (comps) A Biographical Register 1788-1939: notes from the name index of the Australian Dictionary of Biography (1987) as Alexander Rutherford Russell.