Biography of John Green

For the past four years a distinguished member of the Lewiston bar, John Green was born in Wythe county, Virginia, September 30, 1860, and is a descendant of General Nathaniel Greene, of Revolutionary fame. His father, John W. Green, was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, and married Miss Betty Newell Fulton, a native of Staunton, Virginia, and a direct descendant of the noted family of Stewarts. Her father, Andrew S. Fulton, was judge of the Supreme Court and presided over the fifteenth judicial district of Virginia for thirty consecutive years. He was a cousin of J. E. Stewart, a prominent cavalry officer in the civil war. When a young man Mr. Green, the father of our subject, removed to Hillsville, Virginia, and became a successful merchant of the town, where he carried on operations along that line until his death, which occurred March 24, 1899, when he had reached the age of sixty-seven years. His wife still survives him and is now in her sixty-eighth year. They were prominent and leading members in the Presbyterian Church, and in his political views Mr. Green was a Democrat. He held the office of treasurer of Carroll County, Virginia, for sixteen consecutive years and was a citizen of the highest integrity and worth.

John Green, of this review, was the second in a family of two sons and two daughters. He was reared to manhood in Carroll county, Virginia, completed his literary education by his graduation in the Hampden-Sidney College, with the class of 1880, and pursued the study of law in the office and under the direction of his grand-father, Judge Andrew S. Fulton, and his uncle. Judge John Fulton, both eminent jurists of the Old Dominion. He began the practice of his profession in his native county, where he practiced successfully for ten years. He then traveled quite extensively through the west, and after visiting many points he gave to the city of Lewiston his preference and located here August 15, 1895. From the beginning he has succeeded in his new field of labor and now has a distinctively representative clientage. It would be impossible for any one man to be perfectly familiar with every point of law, but it is possible for him to prepare for each case, and his careful study, analyzation and plan of argument off times bring the decisions for which he strives. Mr. Green is particularly careful in informing himself on the law which applies to the questions in controversy, and this, added to his logical reasoning and oratorical power, renders his efforts before court or jury most effective. The public and the profession accord him a foremost place in the ranks of the legal fraternity. Since his arrival in Lewiston he has also been thoroughly identified with the affairs of the city and county and withholds his support from no measure which he believes will prove of public benefit. He is a stockholder in the Lapwai Placer Mining Company, owning a number of rich mining claims, which they are now preparing to work after the most approved methods.

On the 9th of September, 1896, Mr. Green was united in marriage to Miss Annie Alice Russell, a native of Douglas county, Oregon, and a daughter of George Russell, who was born in Kentucky, but who for twenty years has been a resident of the Sunset state. Mr. and Mrs. Green now have two interesting little daughters: Ethel Alice and Lucile. They have a delightful home in Lewiston and are highly esteemed.

Mr. Green was made a Master Mason in Fulton Lodge, No. 193, F. & A. M., which was organized by his grandfather and named in his honor. He became actively interested in the work of the order and has served as junior warden of the lodge. He also belongs to the Knights of Pythias fraternity, and to Tscemimcum Tribe, No. 8, I. O. R., of Lewiston, having the honor of being the present sachem of the latter. Both he and his wife are members of the United Artisans. In politics Mr. Green has been a lifelong Democrat and has taken an active part in the work and counsels of this party. In a recent campaign he was candidate for county attorney, but though he made a strong race was defeated by a small majority. In Virginia he served as chairman of the Democratic county committee and a member of the state executive committee, and did a large amount of campaign work. He has studied closely the issues of the day and his intelligent support of the party measures has been effective in securing their adoption in the locality in which he resides. He is a young man of marked ability and strong intellectuality, and his honorable career adorns a profession that has furnished to the nation many of her most brilliant men.



Illustrated History of the State of Idaho. Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company. 1899.

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