William J. Green Jr.

William Joseph Green Jr. (March 5, 1910 – December 21, 1963) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

William J. Green Jr.
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 5th district
In office
January 3, 1949 – December 21, 1963
Preceded byGeorge W. Sarbacher Jr.
Succeeded byWilliam J. Green III
In office
January 3, 1945 – January 3, 1947
Preceded byC. Frederick Pracht
Succeeded byGeorge W. Sarbacher Jr.
Personal details
Born(1910-03-05)March 5, 1910
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DiedDecember 21, 1963(1963-12-21) (aged 53)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Mary Kelly
Children6, including William III
RelativesBill Green IV (grandson)
Alma materSt. Joseph's College
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Years of service1944


William J. Green was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Irish immigrants.[1] He graduated from St. Joseph's Preparatory School, and attended St. Joseph's College, Philadelphia, PA. He was engaged in business as an insurance broker in Philadelphia in 1937. He served in the United States Army as a private in the Quartermaster Corps from March 22, 1944, to December 4, 1944.

He was elected to Congress in 1944, and after a defeat in the Republican landslide year of 1946, was reelected to Congress in 1948 and every two years thereafter until his death at age 53. He had been elected Democratic City Chairman in 1953, and, in that role, held until his death, he helped solidify Philadelphia as a Democratic stronghold.

Green died of peritonitis and gall bladder complications in Philadelphia on December 21, 1963.[2] He was succeeded in Congress by his son, William J. Green, III, who was 25 years old at the time of his first election, and later became Mayor of Philadelphia.

The William J. Green Jr. Federal Building, on 6th and Arch Streets in Philadelphia, is named for him.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "United States Census, 1910", FamilySearch, retrieved March 25, 2018
  2. ^ "Rep. Green, 53, Philadelphia Leader, dies". Chicago Tribune. December 22, 1963.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by Chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic City Committee
Succeeded by