Member Biography

Henry Dickenson Green 


John W. Jordan, ed., Encyclopedia of Pennsylvania Biography, v. III, (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1914) pp. 1004-1005; also: Congressional Biographies

Sessions Office Position District Party
1889-1890       11 Democrat
1891-1892       11 Democrat
1893-1894       11 Democrat
1895-1896       11 Democrat



05/03/1857 - 12/29/1929

Captain Henry Dickinson Green (D11) Berks County 1889-1896

Early Life: 

Henry Dickinson Green, born, May 3, 1857, Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania; son of Albert Gallatin Green and Rebecca Dickinson Green; educated, Reading High School, graduated 1872; Yale College, (B.S.) graduated, 1877; admitted Berks County bar, 1879; Texas bar, 1920; captain, Company G, 9th Regiment, Pennsylvania National Guard (Spanish American War); attorney (1879-1919); appointed, notary public (1879, 1882); elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1882, reelected, 1884; not a candidate for reelection (1886); elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate (1888-1895); unsuccessful campaign, United States Congress (1896); elected, United States Congress (Special Election, November 7, 1899-1903); elected, delegate, Democratic National Convention (1900); editor, Reading Telegram (1903-1912); editor, Reading Times (1911-1913); engaged, Rainbow Oil and Gas Company, Fort Worth, Texas; never, married; died, December 29, 1929, Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania; interred, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia.

Early Career:

Attorney, admitted, Berks County Bar, 1879; Superior Court of Pennsylvania, 1880; permitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, 1900. Formed, Reading Telegram Publishing Company with brother Herbert, 1903-1912; president of the Reading Telegram; president, Reading Real Estate Exchange. Instrumental in the construction of the Reading Hospital.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1882, reelected, 1884; not a candidate for reelection (1886).

Elected, Democrat, 11th district, Berks County, Pennsylvania State Senate (1888-1895), member, Election, Federal Relations, Insurance, Library and Municipal Affairs Committees.   

Unsuccessful campaign, United States Congress (1896).

Elected, delegate, Democratic National Convention July 4-6, 1900, Convention Hal, Kansas City, Missouri; nominated William Jennings Bryan for president and former Vice President Adlai E. Stevenson nominated for vice president.

Continued Government Service/National Politics:

Elected, Democrat, 9th district, United States Congress (Special Election, November 7, 1899-1903), elected Fifty-sixth Congress, vacancy, death of former Pennsylvania State Senator, United States Congressman Daniel Ermentrout; reelected, Fifty-seventh Congress; not a candidate for renomination, 1902.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:


Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, (1889) Cochran, T. B., Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 657, 687, 693-695.

Congressional Biography

After 4 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Henry Dickenson Green  went on to serve in congress