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GREEN, John Cleve, merchant, born in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, 14 April, 1800; died in New York City, 28 April, 1875. He received an academic education, and in early manhood entered a counting-house in New York City. He went as supercargo to South America and China from 1823 till 1833, and while in Canton became a member of the firm of Russell & Co., and was eminently successful in business. He returned to New York in 1839 with a large fortune, and settled there, continuing his connection with the China trade. Much of his time was devoted to religious and charitable enterprises. He was a trustee of the New York hospital, of the Deaf and dumb asylum, president of the board of directors of the Home for cripples, and for many years financial agent and trustee of Princeton theological seminary. He endowed Princeton seminary with the Helena professorship of history, built one of the professor's houses, renovated the chapel, expending a sum which amounted to its original cost, remodelled the dining-hall, and bequeathed to the institution $50,000. Mr. Green also founded at Princeton the "John C. Green" school of science, and was liberal in his gifts to the University of New York. A Green memorial alcove containing his portrait was added to the New York society library by his widow, who gave $50,000 for that object.--His brother, Henry Woodhull, jurist, born in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, 20 September, 1802; died in Trenton, 19 December 1876, was graduated at Princeton in 1820, admitted to the bar of Trenton in 1825, and continued in practice there for twenty-one years. He was a member of the legislature in 1842, of the Constitutional convention of 1844, and was appointed afterward chancery reporter. He was chief justice of the state Supreme Court from 1846 till 1860, when he became chancellor, but failing health compelled him to resign in 1866. His later years were given to study and to educational and charitable enterprises. He was a trustee of the Princeton theological seminary from 1833 till his death, and from 1860 till 1876 was president of the board. In 1850 the degree of LL.D. was conferred on him by Princeton. He published two volumes of "Reports of Cases in the Courts in Chancery of New Jersey " (New York, 1842-'6).
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