James S. Green (attorney)

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James Green
United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey
In office
President Andrew Jackson
Martin Van Buren
William Henry Harrison
John Tyler
James K. Polk
Zachary Taylor
Preceded by Garret Wall
Succeeded by William Halstead
Personal details
Born (1792-07-21)July 21, 1792
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died November 8, 1862(1862-11-08) (aged 70)
Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Education Dickinson College (BA)

James Sproat Green (July 21, 1792 — November 8, 1862) was an American lawyer who served as U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey from 1835 to 1850. He was the father of New Jersey Governor Robert Stockton Green.


Green was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1792, the son of Ashbel Green and Elizabeth (Stockton) Green. His father was Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives from 1792 to 1800 and President of Princeton University from 1812 to 1822. He graduated from Dickinson College in 1811. He was admitted to the New Jersey bar in 1817, as counsellor in 1821, and as sergeant in 1834.[1]

In 1835, Green was appointed U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey by President Andrew Jackson. He continued to serve until 1850.[2]

In 1844, he was nominated by President John Tyler to be Secretary of the Treasury, but the nomination was not confirmed by the Senate.[3]

He was a trustee of the College of New Jersey (later Princeton University) from 1828 to 1862.[2] In 1847, when Princeton Law School was founded, Green was named professor of jurisprudence on a faculty that also included Joseph Coerten Hornblower and Richard Stockton Field. He held the professorship until 1855.[4]

He married Isabella Williamson McCulloh (1792–1865) on January 25, 1825. They had five children:

Green died in Princeton in 1862.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans. 4. 1904. p. 421. 
  2. ^ a b "District of New Jersey: Office History". United States Attorney's Office. Archived from the original on 2009-12-26. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  3. ^ "Nominations". United States Senate Historical Office. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  4. ^ General Catalogue of Princeton University 1746-1906. 1908. p. 31. 
  5. ^ Genealogical and memorial history of the state of New Jersey. 4. 1910. p. 1555. 
Legal offices
Preceded by
Garret Wall
United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey
Succeeded by
William Halstead
Party political offices
Preceded by
Philemon Dickerson
Democratic nominee for Governor of New Jersey
Succeeded by
Daniel Haines