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Frank Lester Greene Papers

Identifier: mss-056

Scope and Content Note

The Frank Lester Greene Papers include a few papers of Nathan and Henry Greene, the correspondence of his father Lester Bruce Greene when he was secretary-treasurer of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, 1870-1878, correspondence, estate papers and land records of Comfort Barnes, 1820-1860, Emma Barnes and Ahira Richardson, 1884-1920, some pocket accounts and diaries of the Greene and Richardson families, genealogical research and some family photographs. The papers of the principal include general and family correspondence, diaries, account books, speeches, articles, biographical material, commissions and other military papers, stock certificates, record books of clubs, newspaper clippings, photographs, invitations, greeting cards, and other memorabilia. The correspondence has been arranged chronologically, and the other material alphabetically by topic. Photographs and bound volumes have been placed after the papers.


  • 1788-1968



Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Frank Lester Greene, son of Lester Bruce and Mary Elizabeth Greene, was born in St. Albans, Vermont in 1870. When he was three, the family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where his father became secretary and treasurer of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. The family returned to St. Albans when Lester became fatally ill with a disease which lingered on for nine years. Young Frank stayed in school until 1883 when the needs of the family demanded that he take a job as messenger with the Central Vermont Railway. A year later he became stenographer in the freight department, and in 1887 he was advanced to chief clerk. It was at this time that he began to submit articles to New England newspapers, and to study law as an avocation. In 1891, Greene was hired as a local reporter for the St. Albans Messenger. In 1892, after the reorganization of the company, he became assistant editor, and in 1899 he became editor. The collection contains a scrapbook of newspaper articles written by Greene during a six months tour of Europe in 1893-1894. He also contributed a "Vermont Letter" to The Boston Globe's Sunday Edition.

In the 1890's Greene became active in politics. He organized and became president of a Republican First Voters Club, became secretary of the Young Men's Republican Club of Vermont, and served as secretary of the St. Albans Board of Trade, 1896-1907. He was married to Jessie Richardson in 1895. Two years later, Captain Greene led a unit of the Vermont National Guard in the celebration of Queen Victoria's Jubilee in Montreal. In 1898 he organized a company of volunteers to fight in the Spanish-American War, and served for a time as adjutant general before he was stricken with typhoid.

After the war, Greene served as president of the Vermont Press Association, 1904-1905. Between 1906 and 1908 he accepted a number of gubernatorial appointments to commissions, and served as a delegate-at-large to the Republican National Convention (1908), committee chairman at the Republican State Convention (1910), and chairman of the Republican State Convention (1914). Greene was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1912, and served on the Committee on Military Affairs until 1923 when he was elected senator. In 1924 he was accidentally shot in a cross fire in Washington, and never fully recovered from the shock. He died in December 1930, and was survived by his wife, his three children, Richardson, Dorothy and Stuart, and his mother Mary E. Greene.


5.0 Linear feet (8 boxes, 11 vols.)

Language of Materials



Frank Lester Greene served in the US House of Representatives from Vermont, 1912-1923. Prior to his tenure in the US House he had been active in Republican clubs and activities in the state and served with the Vermont National Guard in the Spanish-American War. The collection of papers primarily includes family documents, photographs, military papers, speeches, articles, correspondence, campaign material and family memorabilia.

Physical Location

Library Research Annex.

Acquisition Note

The Frank L. Greene Papers were a gift from the Senator's son, Richardson L. Greene, 1969

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Vermont Libraries, Special Collections Repository

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