William S. Greene

William Stedman Greene (April 28, 1841 – September 22, 1924) was a United States Representative from Massachusetts. Born in Tremont, Illinois, Greene moved with his parents to Fall River, Massachusetts in 1844.

William Stedman Greene
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Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts
In office
May 31, 1898 – September 22, 1924
Preceded byJohn Simpkins
Succeeded byRobert M. Leach
Constituency13th district (1898–1913)
15th district (1913–1924)
11th, 15th, & 19th Mayor of Fall River, Massachusetts
In office
1880 – March 28, 1881
Preceded byCrawford E. Lindsey
Succeeded byRobert Henry
In office
Preceded byJohn W. Cummings
Succeeded byJohn W. Cummings
In office
Preceded byJohn W. Coughlin
Succeeded byAmos M. Jackson
City of Fall River
Common Council
City of Fall River
President of the Common Council
In office
Personal details
Born(1841-04-28)April 28, 1841
Tremont, Illinois
DiedSeptember 22, 1924(1924-09-22) (aged 83)
Fall River, Massachusetts
Political partyRepublican
OccupationReal estate

He attended the public schools and engaged in the real estate and insurance business. He was a member of the common council, and served as president of that body 1877-1879. He served as Mayor of Fall River in 1880, and was reelected the following year, but resigned soon after assuming the position. Greene was appointed postmaster of Fall River on March 22, 1881, and served until March 30, 1885. He again served as Mayor 1886 and 1895-1897. He served as general superintendent of State prisons 1888-1898, was reappointed postmaster of Fall River and served from March 9, to July 1, 1898, when he resigned to run for Congress.

He was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John Simpkins. He was reelected to the Fifty-sixth and to the twelve succeeding Congresses and served from May 31, 1898, until his death in Fall River on September 22, 1924. He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Navy for the Fifty-eighth Congress, and the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries (Sixtieth, Sixty-first, and Sixty-sixth through Sixty-eighth Congresses). His interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery.

See alsoEdit


  • United States Congress. "William S. Greene (id: G000430)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 13th congressional district

May 31, 1898 - March 3, 1913
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 15th congressional district

March 4, 1913 - September 22, 1924
Succeeded by
  1. ^ This district was moved to Maine as a result of the Missouri Compromise in 1820.