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Fred Green

In office
January 1, 1927 – January 1, 1931
Lieutenant Luren D. Dickinson
Preceded by Alex Groesbeck
Succeeded by Wilber Brucker

Born October 19, 1871
Manistee, Michigan
Died November 30, 1936 (aged 65)
Munising, Michigan
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Helen Adeline Kelly; one child
Religion Presbyterian

Fred Warren Green (October 19, 1871 – November 30, 1936) was mayor of Ionia, Michigan before he served as the 31st Governor of Michigan from 1927 to 1931.


Early life

Green was born in Manistee, Michigan and grew up in Cadillac. His education was attained in Ypsilanti at Michigan State Normal School (now Eastern Michigan University), where he graduated in 1893, and at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where he earned a law degree in 1898. He served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War. As a first lieutenant, He served in the 31st Michigan Volunteer Infantry and later was promoted to battalion adjutant.

After the war, he returned to Ypsilanti, serving as the city attorney, as well as attorney for the Ypsilanti Reed Furniture Company, a business he later owned in a partnership.


In 1904, he moved the business to Ionia, where. He served as a delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan in 1912 to nominate U.S. President William Howard Taft for re-election, who lost to Woodrow Wilson. He served as mayor of Ionia from 1913 to 1916. From 1915-19, he served as treasurer of the Michigan Republican Party. In 1920, he served as a delegate to the RNC which nominated Warren G. Harding for U.S. President.

Governor Fred Green (far left, holding hat) with Eagle Scouts – including future Pres. Gerald Ford (to highlight, click here) – on Mackinac Island, Michigan (1929)

On November 2, 1926, Green was elected Governor of Michigan and served four years. On May 18, 1927, the afternoon of the Bath School disaster, Green assisted in the relief work, carting bricks away from the scene. In 1928, he served as a delegate to the RNC which nominated for U.S. President Herbert Hoover who was successful. Howard C. Lawrence was Green’s secretary and business partner.[1] During his administration, he expanded a fish planting program and took part in the acquisition of seven state parks, a comprehensive budget system was initiated, a new code of criminal practices was authorized, appropriations were secured for a state hospital building program, and improved workmen's compensation.

Retirement and death

After leaving office, Green returned to his favorite pastime of hunting and fishing. In 1932, Green served as a delegate to the RNC which nominated Herbert Hoover for re-election, yet was defeated by Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1936, he again served as a delegate to the RNC which nominated Alf Landon for U.S. President, yet was unsuccessful at unseating Roosevelt. He was a Presbyterian and a member of the Freemasons, Elks and Rotary.

Fred Green died in 1936, aged 65, following a heart attack at the Munising Hospital in Munising, Michigan. He is entombed in a mausoleum, at the Highland Park Cemetery in Ionia, Michigan.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Alex Groesbeck
Governor of Michigan
Succeeded by
Wilber Brucker

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