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

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; Reading High School, 1872; Yale College, (B.S.), 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, 1883-1886, not a candidate for reelection 1886; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1888-1896; 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; interment, 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, 1883-1886, not a candidate for reelection, 1886.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 11th district, Berks County, 1889-1896, committee assignments, Election, Federal Relations, Insurance, Library and Municipal Affairs.   

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, 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:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members "G""Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1889). Cochran, T.B., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 687, 693-695, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 657.

Henry Dickinson Green (1857-1929) - Find a Grave Memorial


Congressional Biography

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