JAMES GREEN, Auditor of Cass County, Iowa, while not a native of America is thoroughly identified with this country and is among the leading citizens of Cass county, where he has made his home for nearly twenty-five years. A review of his life gives the following facts:
James Green was born in Leicestershire, England, October 15, 1826, son of John and Mary Green, both natives of England. He was the thirteenth born in their family of fifteen children, was reared and educated in his native place, attending school until he was fourteen, and at fourteen entered upon an apprenticeship to the grocery business. For seven years he was employed in one store. After he reached his majority he clerked in London and Glasgow and other cities until 1857, when he crossed the Atlantic and took up his abode in Canada. From 1857 until 1862 he was employed as clerk in Hamilton and Montreal. August 2 of the latter year he crossed over into the United States and within fifteen minutes from the time of his arrival at Ogdensburg, New York, he enlisted in Company I, One Hundred and Sixth New York Volunteer Infantry, as a private, and continued in the service until 1865, in the meantime being promoted to the position of Sergeant Major. He participated in numerous engagements, serving under Generals Grand and Sheridan, and ever acting the part of a true and brave soldier. At the close of the war he was honorably discharged at Washington, in June, 1865. From 1865 until 1871 he resided in St. Lawrence county, New York, where he occupied a position as bookkeeper. In 1871 he came to Cass county, Iowa, and engaged in farming in Massena township, remaining there and giving his attention to agricultural pursiuts until November, 1885. At that time he was tendered the position of deputy in the Auditor's office and removed to Atlantic, and in this capacity continued to serve until January, 1893, when he was elected County Auditor. In November of the following year he was re-elected, and is now serving his second term. Thus far his official duties have been performed with care and promptness, he is rendering general satisfaction, and he is regarded not only as a trusted official but also as a citizen of sterling worth.
Mr. Green was married in 1865 to Miss S. E. McCane, a native of Pennsylvania, and they are the parents of three daughters, namely: Jennie, wife of S. S. Winchell, Cass county, Iowa; Carrie May, wife of W. M. Myers, Atlantic, Iowa; and Roberta L., a popular young teacher.
When he became a citizen of this country Mr. Green identified himself with the Republican party and has maintained his allegiance with it ever since. He served six years as Secretary of the School Board of the township, and four years as Township Clerk, in these places, as in his present position, rendering appreciative service. Mr. Green is a member of Sam Rice Post, No. 6, G. A. R., of which he is Post Commander, and he also affiliates with the Masonic order, having a membership in Pymosa Lodge, No. 272.
From A Memorial and Biographical Record of Iowa, Volume I, Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1896, pp. 388-389. Transcribed July, 2015 by Cheryl Siebrass.