Guide to the John Green Papers, 1891-1899

Summary Information

Title: John Green Papers, 1891-1899
Collection: AC.557
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The John Green Papers is a collection of variety: bank deposits, bills, receipts, and a letter to Mother. They are dated June 1891 to December 1899 in Idaho.

Creator: Green, John

Biographical/Historical Note

For the past four years a distinguished member of the Lewiston bar, John Green was born in Wythe County, Virginia, September 30, 1860, and is a descendant of General Nathaniel Greene, of Revolutionary fame. His father, John W. Green, was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, and married Miss Betty Newell Fulton, a native of Staunton, Virginia, and a direct descendant of the noted family of Stewarts. Her father, Andrew S. Fulton, was judge of the supreme court and presided over the fifteenth judicial district of Virginia for thirty consecutive years. He was a cousin of J. E. Stewart, a prominent cavalry officer in the civil war.

When a young man Mr. Green, the father of our subject, removed to Hillsville, Virginia, and became a successful merchant of the town, where he carried on operations along that line until his death, which occurred March 24, 1899, when he had reached the age of sixty-seven years. His wife still survives him and is now in her sixty-eighth year. They were prominent and leading members in the Presbyterian church, and in his political views Mr. Green was a Democrat. He held the office of treasurer of Carroll county, Virginia, for sixteen consecutive years and was a citizen of the highest integrity and worth.

John Green, of this review, was the second in a family of two sons and two daughters. He was reared to manhood in Carroll County, Virginia, completed his literary education by his graduation in the Hampden-Sidney College, with the class of 1880, and pursued the study of law in the office and under the direction of his grandfather, Judge Andrew S. Fulton, and his uncle, Judge John Fulton, both eminent jurists of the Old Dominion. He began the practice of his profession in his native county, where he practiced successfully for ten years. He then traveled quite extensively through the west, and after visiting many points he gave to the city of Lewiston his preference and located here August 15, 1895. From the beginning he has succeeded in his new field of labor and now has a distinctively representative clientage. It would be impossible for any one man to be perfectly familiar with every point of law, but it is possible for him to prepare for each case, and his careful study, analyzation and plan of argument ofttimes bring the decisions for which he strives. Mr. Green is particularly careful in informing himself on the law which applies to the questions in controversy, and this, added to his logical reasoning and oratorical power, renders his efforts before court or jury most effective. The public and the profession accord him a foremost place in the ranks of the legal fraternity. Since his arrival in Lewiston he has also been thoroughly identified with the affairs of the city and county and withholds
his support from no measure which he believes will prove of public benefit. He is a stockholder in the Lapwai Placer Mining Company, owning a number of rich mining claims, which they are now preparing to work after the most approved methods.

On the 8th of September, 1896, Mr. Green was united in marriage to Miss Annie Alice Russell,
a native of Douglas county, Oregon, and a daughter of George Russell, who was born in Kentucky, but who for twenty years has been a resident of the Sunset state. Mr. and Mrs. Green now have two interesting little daughters: Ethel Alice and Lucile. They have a delightful home in Lewiston and are highly esteemed.

Mr. Green was made a Master Mason in Fulton Lodge, No. 193, F. & A. M., which was organized by his grandfather and named in his honor. He became actively interested in the work of the order and has served as junior warden of the lodge. He also belongs to the Knights of Pythias fraternity, and to Tscemimcum Tribe, No. 8, I. O. R., of Lewiston, having the honor of being the present sachem of the latter. Both he and his wife are members of the United Artisans.

In politics Mr. Green has been a lifelong Democrat and has taken an active part in the work and counsels of this party. In a recent campaign he was candidate for county attorney, but though he made a strong race was defeated by a small majority. In Virginia he served as chairman of the Democratic county committee and a member of the state executive 'committee, and did a large amount of campaign work. He has studied closely the issues of the day and his intelligent support of the party measures has been effective in securing their adoption in the locality in which he resides. He is a young man of marked ability and strong intellectuality, and his honorable career adorns a profession that has furnished to the nation many of her most brilliant men.
(from e-book: Author: Lewis Publishing Company; Title: An Illustrated history of the state of Idaho : containing a history of the state of Idaho from the earliest period of its discovery to the present time : together with glimpses of its auspicious future ... : and biographical mention of many pioneers and prominent citizens of to-day; written 1869?)

Scope and Contents

This collection covers transactions of Mr. John Green from his bank statements of deposit, a post office receipt for sending a parcel to Walla Walla, Washington, a bill to Mr. Joseph Lineberry for "two dollars cash", and a letter home to his mother in Virginia from Lewiston, Idaho. The history in the biographical/historical section found on John Green details his life in Idaho as a successful attorney.

The letter to his mother mentions a smallpox scare, the weather, a very pleasant Thanksgiving, and a visit from Idaho University President Blanton.


The papers are arranged chronologically.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

This collection was purchased from Bookworm and Silverfish, Fall 2001. Accession number is AC.2001.084.

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, March 2013. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.557: John Green Papers, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Papers, 1891-1899 ACSC_Box 16.22