Biography of Judge John Green
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JUDGE JOHN GREEN, one of the pioneers of Tipton County, is a native of North Carolina, having been born in Yancey County of that State, May 20, 1807. Three years after his birth his parents removed to Jefferson County, Ind., from whence, after a residence of nine years, they removed to Jennings County, where the Judge grew to manhood. In 1828 he entered Hanover College, and remained in that institution until 1838. He then entered upon the career of a farmer, which vocation he followed for five years. In 1838, he began the study of the law, under Wilberforce Lyle, of Madison, Ind. In 1842, after four years' preparation, he was admitted to the practice of his profession, and soon after to the Supreme and United States Courts. In 1848, actuated by a desire to provide a patrimony for his children, the Judge removed to the then new county of Tipton; he purchased eighty acres of land, also two lots in the town of Tipton, for $600. The winter succeeding, he entered eighty acres and bought forty acres for $200, which he saved as his home farm, and on which he has since lived. Since coming to Tipton County he has given each of his children a farm of eighty acres. The Judge has aiways taken an active part in politics and has had his share of political honors. He was raised a Whig, and advocated the principles of that party until its dissolution, when he joined the ranks of the Republican party, and has ever since been a prominent and consistent member thcreof. During his earlier days, he was almost continuously in the various offices of the township and county, such as Justice of the Peace, Trustee, etc.; he has filled two terms as State Senator, being first elected in 1856, and again in 1868. During his second term as Senator, occurred the exciting contest for the United States Senate, in which D. D. Pratt was sprung upon the Assembly as a "dark horse," and secured the nomination. Judge Green was a prominent factor in securing that result, having labored zealously on that occasion. In 1860. he was elected Common Pleas Judge for the counties of Hamilton, Tipton, Howard, Grant and Clinton, which office he held for four years. Sinee his last Senatorial term expired, he has devoted himself entirely to the practice of the law, with eminent success. The Judge has been three times married; first, to Miss Mary Marshall, of Jefferson County, Ind., on April 14, 1829. With her he lived until her death, at Tipton, October 7, 1865; on October 29, 1866, he married Catherine A. Humerickhouse, who died October 28, 1875; his third marriage occurred September 7, 1876, to Caroline Passwater, his present wife; by his first wife he had five children, of whom three are living; Milton F., Alice B. Brandt and Mrs. Catherine G. Trout. The Judge is still engaged in the practice of his profession in Tipton, and is the most venerable attorney at the bar; he possesses the confidence and esteem of the entire community, which he bids fair to enjoy for many years to come; he owns one, of the finest residences in th.e county, situated at the western extremity of Tipton, and is enjoying the evening of his well spent life in the midst of prosperity, surrounded by all that adorns and embellishes civilized life. John Q. Green, the youngest son of Judge Green, was a volunteer during the war of the rebellion, serving three months, volunteering twice after, but was rejected; he was then Deputy U. S. Marshal, until the close of the war. He then entered the law office of his father; was admitted to the bar, and practiced until his death; he also served as Deputy Internal Revenue Collector about three years; his death occurred in 1866.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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