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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
James Hoffman Greene

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 29-30 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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A connection of fifteen years with the district attorney's office and three terms in the office of village attorney of Herkimer, Herkimer county, New York, have made James Hoffman Greene one of the best known attorneys of the town and contributed, in a measure, to the large private practice he has enjoyed since his entrance as a general practitioner to the local bar. Among the legal profession he is recognized as a leader and his sound judgment and knowledge of the fundamental principles of law have won respect and admiration from his colleagues and the bench. He was born on August 2, 1880, at Rensselaerville, Albany county, New York, the son of Horace Monroe and Harriet (Hedges) Greene, the father being a machinist and engaged at Rensselaerville in the making of instruments of precision such as microscopes and telescopes. On the paternal side Mr. Greene's grandparents were Samuel and Emeline Huxford Greene, his grandfather on the paternal side being Josiah Mulford Hedges, a clergyman of the Protestant Episcopal church at Herkimer.

James Hoffman Greene's early education was obtained in the Utica Academy and the Herkimer high school, while for his professional career he studied law in the office of Charles D. Thomas, was admitted to the bar in 1905, and has been engaged in the general practice of law in Herkimer since that time. He is a republican in politics, is not affiliated with any secret societies, but is a member of the Down and Out Club and the Republican Club of Utica, New York.

On November 4, 1918, Mr. Greene was married to Miss Fournier of Herkimer, daughter of Max and Emma Allard Fournier, who lived at North Bangor, New York, and were of French descent. Mr. Greene and his wife have two children: Pauline Marie and Lucille Millicent. Mr. Greene is fond of music and a member of the local Musicians Union, and he devotes much time to reading and study. His law offices are at No. 116 N. Main street in Herkimer.

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