James S. Green

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This article is about the U.S. Senator from Missouri. For the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, see James S. Green (New Jersey lawyer).
James S. Green
Early sketch of the Senator
United States Senator
from Missouri
In office
January 12, 1857 – March 4, 1861
Preceded by David Rice Atchison
Succeeded by Waldo P. Johnson
7th Chargé d'Affaire to New Granada
In office
December 19, 1853 – August 13, 1854
President Franklin Pierce
Preceded by Yelverton P. King
Succeeded by James B. Bowlin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1847 – March 3, 1851
Preceded by James Hugh Relfe
Succeeded by John G. Miller
Personal details
Born James Stephen Green
(1817-02-28)February 28, 1817
Rectortown, Fauquier County, Virginia
Died January 19, 1870(1870-01-19) (aged 52)
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Resting place Forest Grove Cemetery, Canton, Missouri
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Relations Martin E. Green (brother)
Occupation Politician
Profession Law
Committees Committee on Territories

James Stephen Green (February 28, 1817 – January 19, 1870) was a Democratic United States Representative and Senator from Missouri.

Early life and education[edit]

Born near Rectortown in Fauquier County, Virginia, he attended the common schools and moved first to Alabama, and later to Missouri around 1838. He studied law, was admitted to the Bar in 1840, and commenced practice in Monticello, Missouri, and later Canton, Missouri, a short distance away.


His brother, Martin E. Green, became a Confederate brigadier general during the American Civil War.

Political career[edit]

Green was a delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1845 and was elected as a Democrat to the 30th and 31st Congresses, serving from March 4, 1847, to March 4, 1851. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1850, and was subsequently Chargé d'Affaires to New Granada in 1853–1854.

He was appointed Minister Resident in June 1854, but did not present his credentials; he was elected to the 35th Congress, but did not take his seat, having been elected to the U.S. Senate to fill a vacancy during the term commencing March 4, 1855, where he served from January 12, 1857, to March 4, 1861. While in the Senate, he was chairman of the Committee on Territories during the 35th and 36th Congresses.


Green died in St. Louis, Missouri on January 19, 1870. He is buried in the Forest Grove Cemetery in Canton. He is the namesake of the community of Greensburg, Missouri.[1]


  1. ^ "Knox County Place Names, 1928–1945 (archived)". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 3rd congressional district

March 4, 1847 – March 4, 1851
Succeeded by
John G. Miller
Preceded by
David R. Atchison
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Missouri
January 12, 1857 – March 4, 1861
Served alongside: Henry S. Geyer and Trusten Polk
Succeeded by
Waldo P. Johnson
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Yelverton P. King
United States Minister to New Granada
May 24, 1853 – August 13, 1854
Succeeded by
James B. Bowlin