John Williams Green (1822-1834)

Further reading:

Christopher M. Curtis, “Reconsidering Suffrage Reform in the 1829-1830 Virginia Constitutional Convention,” The Journal of Southern History, Vol. 74, No. 1 (Feb. 2008), 89-124. Green was a moderate in the debate on suffrage reform; he proposed replacing the land-based requirement for suffrage with a monetary-based freehold.

James W. Ely, Jr., “Property Rights and Liberty: Allies or Enemies?” Presidential Studies Quarterly, Vol. 22, No. 4 (Fall 1992). Ely quotes Green’s opinion in the case Crenshaw & Crenshaw v. Slate River Company, 27 Va. 245, 267 (1828). The case is also discussed in F. Thornton Miller, Juries and Judges versus the Law: Virginia’s Provincial Legal Perspective, 1783-1818, (1994).

Virginius Cornick Hall, “John Williams Green: Biographical Sketch,” Portraits in the Collection of the Virginia Historical Society: A Catalogue, (1981).


Research Collections:

Library of Virginia (State Government Records Collection, Office of the Governor)
Richmond, Va.
Governor John Floyd Executive Papers, 1830-1834.
Certificate of election as judge on the Court of Appeals, April 11, 1831.

Governor Thomas Mann Randolph Executive Papers, 1819-1822.
Letter, October 11, 1822, from Green accepting his appointment to the court.

Virginia Historical Society
Richmond, Va.
William Green Papers, Section 1, Correspondence, 1822-1832, of John Williams Green.
Correspondence and accounts of John Williams Green of Culpeper Court House, Va.; fewer than 16 items.

Harrison Family Papers, Section 3; 1 item.
Essay, undated, “The Late Judge Green and the Late Judge Roane,” prepared for the Enquirer of Richmond, Va., by “A Citizen.”

Hayes Family Papers, Sections 1 and 7.
Section 1: Accounts, 1798-1811, of Daniel Grinnan (merchant of Fredericksburg, Va.) with lawyer John Williams Green and printer Timothy Green; and accounts, 1803-1811, of the mercantile firm of Murray, Grinnan & Mundell of Fredericksburg, Va., mostly with John Williams Green.
Section 7: Correspondence, 1940-1950, of John Green Hayes concerning John Williams Green and the Green family.

William Wirt Letter, 1817 (copy).
Letter to Francis Walker Gilmer concerning John Williams Green, William Hay, and William Clayton Williams; and the practice of law in Baltimore, Md., and Richmond, Va.