James C. Green

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Jimmy Green
28th Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina
In office
January 8, 1977 – January 5, 1985
Governor James B. Hunt, Jr.
Preceded by James B. Hunt, Jr.
Succeeded by Robert B. Jordan, III
Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
In office
136th Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives
In office
Preceded by James E. Ramsey
Succeeded by Carl J. Stewart, Jr.
Personal details
Born James Collins Green
(1921-02-24)February 24, 1921
Halifax County, Virginia
Died February 4, 2000(2000-02-04) (aged 78)
Elizabethtown, North Carolina
Resting place Clarkton Cemetery, Clarkton, North Carolina
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Religion Presbyterian

James Collins "Jimmy" Green (February 24, 1921 – February 4, 2000)[1] was a North Carolina politician who served as Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives (1975–1976) and as the 28th Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina (1977–1985).

Political career[edit]

Green served in the North Carolina House of Representatives from 1961 through 1976.[citation needed] He was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1976 after defeating Howard Nathaniel Lee in a Democratic primary runoff. In 1980, after a change to the North Carolina Constitution, Green became the first Lt. Governor elected to a second term. He defeated fellow former House Speaker Carl J. Stewart, Jr. in the 1980 Democratic primary, and then went on to defeat Republican Bill Cobey in the general election.[citation needed]

Green was charged in 1983 with accepting a bribe from an undercover FBI agent, but he was acquitted. The next year, he ran for Governor of North Carolina but finished fifth in the Democratic primary behind Rufus Edmisten. Green then threw his support to the Republican nominee, Jim Martin, giving him critical backing among conservative Democrats in eastern North Carolina. Martin went on to win the election.[2]

Later life and death[edit]

He was convicted of income tax fraud in 1997 and was sentenced to 33 months of house arrest. The scandal was in connection with a multimillion-dollar tobacco fraud scheme.[3]

He died in Bladen County hospital at Elizabethtown, North Carolina on February 4, 2000.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Who's who in the South and Southwest - Google Books.
  2. ^ Political grudges are nothing new, Carolina Journal Online, John Hood, 11 October 2013. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Before Black". The News Observer. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 

External links[edit]

  • Mention at The Political Graveyard
Political offices
Preceded by
James B. Hunt, Jr.
Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina
Succeeded by
Robert B. Jordan, III