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GREEN, Jonathan H., "the reformed gambler," born near Lawrenceburg, Indiana, in 1813. His mother died while he was in infancy, and his father, who was dissipated, bound him to an unkind master. After various adventures, he ran away from his employer in 1829, and obtained work in Cincinnati, where, for some boyish offence, he was arrested and thrown into jail, where he contracted the habit of card-playing with his companions. For the next twelve years he led a wandering life, traveling up and down the Mississippi, under feigned names, and engaging in gambling as a profession. He was often imprisoned, and once escaped from jail in Louisville, Kentucky, by means of false keys. He reformed in 1842, and the next year began a lecturing tour, in which he revealed the vices of gambling. He was received by respectable citizens, visited state prisons, held open-air meetings, and was active in the cause of reform. In 1847 he engaged in a controversy with an avowed gambler, named Freeman, before the citizens of Philadelphia. The press commented favorably on Mr. Green's good sense and good nature during the discussion, and the three days' argument was published in most of the newspapers and some of the periodicals of that date. He has published "Gambling Unmasked, all Autobiography " (Philadelphia, 1847), and " Secret Band of Brothers " (1847). He was living in Philadelphia in 1887.
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