Charles Marion Russell (1864, Oak Hill, Missouri – 1926, Great Falls, Montana), also known as was one of the great artists of the American West. Russell created more than 2,000 paintings of cowboys, Indians, and landscapes set in the Western United States, in addition to bronze sculptures. The in hometown of Montana houses more than 2,000 Russell artworks, personal objects, and artifacts. His mural entitled Lewis and Clark Meeting the Flathead Indians hangs in the state capitol building in Helena, Montana. His 1918 painting Piegans sold for $5.6 million dollars at a 2005 auction
In 1896, he married his wife Nancy. In 1897, they moved from the small community of Cascade, to neighboring where Russell spent the majority of his life from that point on. There, he continued with his art, becoming a local celebrity and gaining the acclaim of critics worldwide. As he kept primarily to himself, Nancy is generally given credit in making Russell an internationally known artist. She set up many shows for him throughout the United States and in London creating many followers of Russell's.
On the day of Russell's funeral in 1926, all the children in were released from school to watch the funeral procession. Russell's coffin was displayed in a glass sided coach, pulled by four black horses.