Biography of William S. Greene
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Greene, William Stedman, ex mayor of Fall River, son of Chester W. and Abby (Stedman) Greene, was born in Tazewell county, Ill., April 28, 1841. He came with his parents to Fall River in 1844, was educated in the public schools, and at fifteen became a clerk in a store, where he remained two years. In 1858 he engaged in the insurance business with John P. Slade and in 1865 went to Buffalo and later to New York city, where he prospered in the same business. The firm of Greene & Son, engaged in real estate and insurance in Fall River, was formed in 1866 and has since been continued, both members having become widely known as successful business men. Mr. Greene was a member of the Fall River City Council from 1876 to 1879 inclusive, and was president of the body during those years. In 1879 he was elected mayor, served two years in that office and then resigned to accept the position of postmaster, which was tendered him by President Garfield in 1881. He filled a full term of four years. He was elected mayor again in 1885 and served one year. In 1888 Governor Ames appointed him superintendent of prisons for the State of Massachusetts. In 1894 he was again elected mayor by the Republican party and has been twice reelected to that office. The career of Mayor Greene in his business operations and in public life has been a continued success. He possesses rare executive and administrative abilities, is a gentleman of exemplary habits, and possesses many of the strong characteristics which win popular favor. He is an influential member of St. Paul's M. E. Church and has been superintendent of the Sunday school for many years. In 1865 he married Mary E., daughter of Pardon A. and Elizabeth W. (Spink) White of Fall River, and they have three children: Mabel Lawton, Chester White and Foster Regnier. Mr. Greene is a member and past master of Mt. Hope Lodge, F. & A. M., Chapter, Council, and Commandery; also a member of the Knights of Pythias and the order of Odd Fellows.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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