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GREEN, John Thompson, jurist, born in Mechanicsville, South Carolina, 18 October, 1827 : died in Sumter, South Carolina, 27 January 1875. He was educated at the College of South Carolina, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1849. He frequently served in the state legislature between 1850 and 1865, having been first elected on the co-operative ticket, in opposition to that which advocated the secession of the state, and throughout the war he was a consistent Unionist. From 1868 until civil rule was reinstated he was provost of Sumter County. On the reconstruction of the state government he was appointed judge of the 3d judicial district, and held office till his death. In 1874 he was the unsuccessful candidate for governor of the Independent Republican and Conservative parties.
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