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GREEN, James Stephen, politician, born in Fauquier County, Virginia, 28 February, 1817; died in St. Louis, Missouri, 9 January 1870. He received a common-school education, removed to Alabama, and afterward to Missouri, where he was admitted to the bar, and began to practise at Canton. He was presidential elector on the Polk and Dallas ticket in 1844, and was elected to congress as a Democrat, serving from 1847 till 1851. He was charge d'affaires in the United States of Columbia in 1853, and was appointed consul in 1854, but did not act in that capacity. On his return in 1856 he was again elected representative to congress, but did not take his seat, having been chosen to the United States senate, where he served from 1857 till 1861. He bore a conspicuous part in the Kansas contest, 1857-'8, and presented the majority report of the committee on territories in favor of its admission as a state, under the Lecompton constitution.
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