Albert C. Greene

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Albert Collins Greene
United States Senator
from Rhode Island
In office
March 4, 1845 – March 4, 1851
Preceded by John B. Francis
Succeeded by Charles T. James
49th Attorney General of Rhode Island
In office
Governor James Fenner
Lemuel H. Arnold
John B. Francis
William Sprague III
Samuel Ward King
Preceded by Dutee J. Pearce
Succeeded by Joseph M. Blake
Member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives
In office
Member of the Rhode Island Senate
In office
Personal details
Born (1792-04-15)April 15, 1792
East Greenwich, Rhode Island
Died January 8, 1863(1863-01-08) (aged 70)
Providence, Rhode Island
Resting place Grace Church Cemetery
Citizenship US
Political party Whig
Spouse(s) Catherine Celia Greene
Julia Bourne Greene
Relations Nathanael Greene
William Greene
Richard Ward Greene
Children William Albert Greene
Mary Eliza Greene
Ann Frances Greene
Catharine Celia Greene
Susan Eliza Greene
Parents Perry Greene
Elizabeth (Belcher) Greene
Profession Politician, Lawyer

Albert Collins Greene (April 15, 1792 – January 8, 1863) was an American lawyer and politician from Rhode Island. He served as a United States Senator and Attorney General of Rhode Island.

Early life[edit]

Greene was born in East Greenwich, Rhode Island and graduated from Kent Academy. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1812, and completed his legal training at the Litchfield Law School in Litchfield, Connecticut from 1812-1813.[1] He commenced the practice of law in East Greenwich.

Political career[edit]

He was a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives from 1815-1825, serving as speaker of the State House from 1821-1825.[2] He was brigadier general, and then major general, of the Fourth Brigade of State Militia from 1816-1823.[3] He served as attorney general of Rhode Island from 1825-1843.[4] In 1827, he received the honorary degree of Master of Arts from Brown University.[5]

Greene was a member of the Rhode Island Senate from 1843-1844, and was elected as a Whig candidate to the U.S. Senate, serving from March 4, 1845 to March 4, 1851; he was not a candidate for reelection, and was elected to the Rhode Island Senate in 1851 and 1852.[5] In 1857, he was again a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives.[2]

He retired from public life, and died in Providence;[4] interment was in Grace Church Cemetery.[6]

Family life[edit]

Greene was the son of Perry Greene and Elizabeth (Belcher) Greene. On May 16, 1814, Greene married Catherine Celia Greene, daughter of Rhode Island Governor William Greene.[6] He and Catherine had five children: William Albert Greene, Mary Eliza Greene, Ann Frances Greene, Catharine Celia Greene and Susan Eliza Greene. Their daughter Catherine married Richard Ward Greene, Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court.[1] After his wife Catherine died, he married Julia Bourne on August 22, 1841.[7]

Greene's uncle was Nathanael Greene, a major general of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Albert Collins Greene". Litchfield Historical Society. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Capace, Nancy (2001). The Encyclopedia of Rhode Island. North American Book Dist LLC,. p. 332. 
  3. ^ a b Rhode Island Society for the Encouragement of Domestic Industry (1863). Transactions of the Rhode Island Society for the Encouragement of Domestic Industry. Rhode Island Society for the Encouragement of Domestic Industry. p. 80. 
  4. ^ a b Brown University and, Bates, Mrs. Louise Prosser (1914). Historical catalogue of Brown University, 1764-1914. The University. 
  5. ^ a b Lanman, Charles (1876). Biographical Annals of the Civil Government of the United States: During Its First Century. From Original and Official Sources. J. Anglim. p. 173. 
  6. ^ a b "Guide to the Albert C. Greene Papers 1804-1863" (PDF). Rhode Island Historical Society. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Albert Collins Greene". Retrieved March 27, 2014. 

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Preceded by
Dutee J. Pearce
Attorney General of Rhode Island
Succeeded by
Joseph M. Blake
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
John B. Francis
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Rhode Island
March 4, 1845 – March 4, 1851
Served alongside: James F. Simmons and John H. Clarke
Succeeded by
Charles T. James