Francis Vinton Greene

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Francis Vinton Greene
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Francis Vinton Greene
Born (1850-06-27)June 27, 1850
Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Died May 13, 1921(1921-05-13) (aged 70)
New York City, New York, USA
Allegiance United States of America
Years of service 1870–1886, 1898–1899
Rank Major General
Unit 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, VIII Corps
Battles/wars Battle of Manila, Spanish–American War (1898)
Other work War Department attaché,
Professor of Artillery at West Point,
New York City Police Commissioner

Francis Vinton Greene (1850–1921) was a United States Army officer who fought in the Spanish–American War. He came from the Greene family of Rhode Island, noted for its long line of participants in American military history.


Greene was born in Providence, Rhode Island on June 27, 1850. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and graduated in 1870. He first served in the U.S. artillery and then transferred to the Corps of Engineers in 1872. He next served as an attaché from the War Department to the U.S. legation in St. Petersburg, Russia. While there he served in the Russian army during its war with Turkey. He was promoted to first lieutenant in 1874 and captiain in 1883. He returned to the U.S. and was a civil engineer to the city of Washington, D.C. and was a professor of artillery at West Point before resigning from the Army on December 31, 1886.

When the Spanish–American War broke out he raised the 7th New York Volunteer Infantry and was commissoned as it colonel on May 2, 1898. He was quickly promoted to brigadier general of Volunteers on May 27, 1898. He commanded the second Philippine Expeditionary Force which became the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, VIII Corps. Greene took a prominent part in the Battle of Manila in 1898. He assisted in the surrender negotiations for Manila. In August 1898 he was promoted major general of Volunteers and resigned on February 28, 1899.[1]

After the war, he pursued a variety of occupations. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1900. He served as the New York City Police Commissioner from 1903 to 1904.[2] He was president of the Niagara-Lockport and Ontario Power Company, along with other business ventures with Buffalo businessman John J. Albright. He died on May 13, 1921 in New York City.


Greene's family holds a distinguished place in American military history. His father was Civil War general, George Sears Greene, famous for his defense of Culp's Hill at the Battle of Gettysburg. His older brother, Samuel Dana Greene, was the executive officer of the USS Monitor during the Battle of Hampton Roads. All were from Rhode Island.


His publications include a series of works on military campaigns, including:

Greene also wrote a biographical sketch in a collection of Theodore Roosevelt's political writings entitled, "American Ideals," originally published 1897 and subsequently republished for Roosevelt's presidential campaign in 1900.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army, 1798–1903 by Francis B. Heitman.
  2. ^ "General Greene In Police Department". Baltimore American. December 24, 1902. Retrieved 2011-05-01. Francis Vinton Greene was this afternoon appointed commissioner of police by Mayor Low to succeed Colonel John Partridge when the latter retires from office on ... 

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Police appointments
Preceded by
John Nelson Partridge
NYPD Commissioner
Succeeded by
William McAdoo