GREEN, Theodore Francis (1867-1966)

GREEN, THEODORE FRANCIS, (grandnephew of Samuel Greene Arnold, great-grandnephew of Tristam Burges, great-grandson of James Burrill, Jr., great-great-grandson of Jonathan Arnold, and great-great-nephew of Lemuel Hastings Arnold), a Senator from Rhode Island; born in Providence, R.I., October 2, 1867; attended private and public schools; graduated from Brown University, Providence, R.I., in 1887; attended Harvard University Law School and the Universities of Bonn and Berlin in Germany; admitted to the bar in 1892 and commenced practice in Providence, R.I.; instructor in Roman law at Brown University, Providence, R.I., 1894-1897; received a commission as lieutenant during the Spanish-American War; chairman of the city plan commission of Providence 1917-1919; member, State house of representatives 1907; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Governor in 1912 and 1930; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1918 to the Sixty-sixth Congress; Governor of Rhode Island 1933-1936; financially interested in numerous corporations and business enterprises and served as officer and director; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1936, 1942, 1948, and again in 1954 and served from January 3, 1937, to January 3, 1961; was not a candidate for renomination in 1960; chairman, Committee on Privileges and Elections (Seventy-seventh through Seventy-ninth Congresses), co-chairman, Joint Committee on the Library (Eighty-first and Eighty-second Congresses), chairman, Joint Committee on the Library (Eighty-fourth through Eighty-sixth Congresses), Committee on Rules and Administration (Eighty-fourth Congress), Committee on Foreign Relations (Eighty-fifth and Eighty-sixth Congresses); was ninety-three when he retired, and at the time, the oldest man to serve in Congress; died in Providence, R.I., May 19, 1966; interment in Swan Point Cemetery.

Alabama Department of Archives and History
Montgomery, AL
Papers: In Charles B. Crow papers, 1920-1949.

Brown University
Providence, RI
Papers: Ca. 90 feet. Chiefly legal cases of his firm. Also includes documentation of institutions and organizations with which he was personally affiliated and photographs. Very few items relating to politics or government.
Additional Papers: 1 letter (January 15, 1953) from Harry Truman; 2 letters (January 1, 1939 and February 6, 1941) and a poem from David T. Keating; 1 letter (January 12, 1939) from Franklin D. Roosevelt; and 1 letter (February 1939) and two poems from Emmett E. Stephen.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1924-1960 (bulk 1937-1960). 455 linear feet. Senatorial papers include a "chronological file'' comprised of subject files, legislative files which consist chiefly of constituent correspondence reflecting public opinion on foreign and domestic issues, patronage files, and files relating to federal aid to Rhode Island, veterans, servicemen, applicants to the service academies, and State Department matters including refugees, immigrants, passports and visas. Also includes speech files; trip files; and files relating to Senator Joseph McCarthy, loyalty, and security, the Green Silver Act, the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Treaty, the presidency, and the United Nations. The papers document official activities as U.S. senator including committee assignments and chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Finding aid.

Providence College
Phillips Memorial Library
Providence, RI
Papers: 50 items (1930s-1940s) in J. Howard McGrath papers; items in Edward J. Higgins, Green's administrative assistant, papers, 1930-1960; and correspondence in Dennis Joseph Roberts papers, 1940-1968.
Oral History: Discussed in interviews (June 21, 1972-November 20, 1973) with Robert E. Quinn, 358 pages.

Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, RI
Papers: 1901-1910 (bulk 1902). .5 linear foot. Correspondence, clippings, donor lists, and report of the Rhode Island School of Design Endowment Committee of 1902, on which Green served as chair.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library
Hyde Park, NY
Papers: In Herbert Claiborne Pell papers, 1912-1960.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: In Stella Brunt Osborn papers, 1916-1983; and Blair Moody papers, 1928-1954. Finding aid.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: In Chester Bowles papers, 1924-1973; and Anson Phelps Stokes family papers, 1761-1960.

  • Harrison, Gordon F., and John P. Coder. Lineal and Collateral Ancestors of Senator Theodore Francis Green, Who Served in the American Congress. Washington: n.p., 1955.
  • Levine, Erwin L. Theodore Francis Green. 2 vols. Providence: Brown University Press, 1963-1971.