@ Sea Breeze
Some of what you say if correct but others things no and some you probably never read about.
I know this is a common and carefully crafted view about Russell. The facts show otherwise. The book below:
was written only 2 years after Russell started printing the WT. It was written by his peers in the New York area.
It shows that he:
1. Had zero bible training what so ever Other than some studies he did with Adventists he had zero training.
2. Was a clothing salesman for his father True
3. Assumed the title Pastor without ever having pastored anyone. True - not an official title though
4. Fostered and promoted the idea that he himself was named in scripture as the faithful and wise servant. Not sure about this one. Some references state that it was Bible Students that gave him that title.
5. Was a shameless self-promoter and had no problem lying on stage. This one is true.And he was more than willing to teach colporteurs to lie to people at the door. In the 1916 convention there was a special meeting for colporteurs (pioneers). One asked Russell what they should say to a person at the door who asked if the "Millennial Dawn" Books were the same as "Studies in the Scriptures". Russell told him to tell the householder that the books were totally different and they should buy the new books. In reality the Millennial Dawn was a very simple update to the Studies series. She like they have always done - write a book, wait a couple of years, make a few edits, slap a new cover and title on it and resell it to unsuspecting Bible Students and the public. Pure money-making scheme. This episode is written in the 1916 Convention report.
6. Went on a world-tour to investigate missionaries. This was exposed as a complete fraud. He then packed out the Hippodrome in NYC and denounced all missionaries in the most negative terms. Never heard this before so where did this info come from?
7. Was divorced by his wife (she was known for having impeccable character & from a good family) for "inappropriate behavior".... like locking himself in the maids bedroom and not coming out for 10 minutes when his wife was knocking on the door. She accused him under oath of doing things like this to both of the women who lived in the Russell home. Yes Maria's impeccable character is one of the reasons he married her. He was a single man living in Bethel with single women. It looked unseemly. So Maria agreed to marry Russell to protect his character. Russell told her that he wanted to remain "pure" so that when he died he would meet his maker in a pure state so Maria married him knowing they would never have sex.
Then Rose Ball, a young woman who was living at Bethel (about 22 years old and not a child as Russell claimed during the divorce) went to Maria and told her that Russell would make inappropriate advances to her even kissing her. He was found more than one in Rose's bedroom. He claimed he was tucking her in. Yea I don't believe that either. The info about this was researched by Leolaia on this site. Check The Best of .... Russell
So Maria knew there was inappropriate behavior going on but in the divorce she said she did not think he had committed adultery. Maybe that is what she really thought since he wanted to be "pure" when he died. Or she didn't want to think that he would be with someone else when she was right there. We will never know.
8. He set up multiple corporations to try and deny her the alimony he was ordered to pay. true