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

James S. Green
Early sketch of the Senator
United States Senator
from Missouri
In office
January 12, 1857 – March 4, 1861
Preceded byDavid Rice Atchison
Succeeded byWaldo P. Johnson
7th Chargé d'Affaire to New Granada
In office
December 19, 1853 – August 13, 1854
PresidentFranklin Pierce
Preceded byYelverton P. King
Succeeded byJames B. Bowlin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1847 – March 3, 1851
Preceded byJames Hugh Relfe
Succeeded byJohn G. Miller
Personal details
James Stephen Green

(1817-02-28)February 28, 1817
Rectortown, Fauquier County, Virginia
DiedJanuary 19, 1870(1870-01-19) (aged 52)
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Resting placeForest Grove Cemetery, Canton, Missouri
Political partyDemocratic
RelationsMartin E. Green (brother)
CommitteesCommittee on Territories


Early life and educationEdit

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.


Political careerEdit

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. Archived from the original on June 24, 2016. Retrieved October 23, 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

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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