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Frank Lester Greene (February 10, 1870 - December 17, 1930) was a United States Representative and Senator from Vermont. Born in St. Albans, Vermont, he attended the public schools and was employed by the Central Vermont Railway Co. in various capacities from 1883 to 1891. He served in the Vermont National Guard from 1888 to 1900, rising from private to captain; during the Spanish-American War he recruited an infantry company, serving as captain. He was mustered out and commissioned colonel on the staff of the Governor. From 1891 to 1912 he was reporter and later editor of the St. Albans Daily Messenger, and was president of the Vermont Press Association, 1904-1905. He was a member of the commission to prepare and propose amendments to the Vermont Constitution in 1908.

Greene was elected as a Republican to the House of Representatives in the Sixty-second Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of David J. Foster, and was reelected to the Sixty-third and to the four succeeding Congresses, serving from July 30, 1912, until March 3, 1923. He was regent of the Smithsonian Institution from 1917 to 1923.

On the evening of February 16, 1924, Senator Greene was walking near an alley on Capitol Hill with his wife when a stray bullet from a prohibition enforcement officer struck Greene in the head. Prohibition agents were in an alley off of Pennsylvania Avenue about to make a move on several men who were selling whiskey from a still inside their car. The bootleggers caught on to the raid and began to run, followed by the agents who were firing shots. Greene and his wife just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The bootleggers were eventually caught and the agents’ tactics questioned. The Senator would remain in critical condition for several weeks. Greene died six years later from related complications.

In 1922 he was elected to the U.S. Senate. Greene was reelected in 1928 and served from March 4, 1923, until his death in St. Albans in 1930. While in the Senate, he was chairman of the Committee on Enrolled Bills (Sixty-ninth through Seventy-first Congresses). His remains were interred in Greenwood Cemetery.

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United States Senate
Preceded by
Carroll S. Page
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Vermont
1923-1930
Succeeded by
Frank C. Partridge

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