ROBERT EMMETT GREEN
Robert Emmett Green is one of the leading citizens of Grass Valley, who by his energy and integrity has risen to a responsible and honorable position, winning the respect and confidence of his fellow men in all classes of society. He is probably the youngest justice of the peace in California, but his ability well qualifies him for the office. A native of Massachusetts, he was born in the city of Boston on the 12th of October, 1874, his parents being James B. and Elizabeth (Rowe) Green. His father was born in Massachusetts February 27, 1845, but the grandfather, Robert Green, was of Irish birth, as was the great-grandfather, who served as a soldier in the English army under the Duke of Wellington, participating in many engagements of the peninsular wars. On the maternal side Mr. Green is descended from the McQuade family, his ancestors in that line having been residents of Ireland for many generations. The father of the Judge served throughout the war of the rebellion in America, being a member of Company K, First Massachusetts Cavalry. He took part in nearly every engagement in Florida and through the Butler campaign in that state, in Georgia and about Richmond. He was one of twelve young men who entered the service together, but ten of the number sleep in graves on southern battle-fields, Mr. Green and one of his comrades being the only two of the number who escaped.
Robert E. Green, whose name introduces this review, is the eldest of a family of eight children and was only two years of age when brought by his parents to Nevada County, California. Here he was reared and educated, pursuing his studies in the public schools. He entered upon his business career at a very early age and has been employed in various capacities. For two years he was the night clerk in the hotel at Marysville, after which he returned to Grass Valley and worked at the blacksmith’s trade for eighteen months. Subsequently he was employed in a tailoring establishment; but, finding neither the hammer nor the needle to his taste, he entered upon the study of law and in this profession he has been very successful. He was first a student in the office of P. T. Riley, then district attorney, and after eighteen months continued his studies under the direction of A. Burrows, attorney at law. His last preceptor was P. H. Painter, who had filled the office of justice of the peace for twenty-eight years, and upon his retirement Mr. Green was appointed to fill out the unexpired term and in 1898 was elected to the office for a term of four years, so that he is the present incumbent. He is strictly fair and impartial in the discharge of his duty and his rulings are based upon a comprehensive knowledge of the law. His sympathy has been with the Republican Party, whose principles he warmly advocates, believing that they contain the best elements of good government.
He has been connected with the Grass Valley fire department for four years, and socially he affiliates with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in which he has taken the uniformed rank degree, is a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and also belongs to the Knights of Pythias and to the Ancient Order of Workmen; and in his social relations he has won the respect and confidence of his brethren of the respective fraternities. He is a man of strong mentality, of great force of character and of unquestioned ability, and his friends predict for him a successful future.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.