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GREEN, JOHN ALEXANDER (1821–1899). John Alexander Green, lawyer, was born in Winchester, Tennessee, on April 2, 1821, the son of Nathan and Mary (Field) Green. He studied at Winchester Academy and at Lebanon College, Tennessee, and read law with his father. He was admitted to the bar in 1842 and practiced law in Tennessee before moving to Texas in 1845. As a volunteer in the Mexican War, he served in a Texas Ranger company and participated in the siege and capture of Monterrey. Green was district attorney for Travis, Bastrop, and Fayette counties from 1846 to 1852. He married Catherine Eccles West of Austin on January 21, 1857, and they became the parents of three children. He was a delegate to the Secession Convention in 1861 and served as an aide to his brother, Gen. Thomas Greenqv, during the Civil War. He was secretary of state while James W. Throckmorton was governor. Green practiced law in Austin until 1882, when he moved to San Antonio; he continued his practice there until a few weeks before his death. He died at his home in San Antonio on July 7, 1899.

Biographical Encyclopedia of Texas (New York: Southern, 1880). Frank Brown, Annals of Travis County and the City of Austin (MS, Frank Brown Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin). San Antonio Express, July 8, 1899.
Carolyn Hyman

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