John Patterson Green Papers

John Patterson Green (1845-1940) was a Cleveland, Ohio, lawyer, justice of the peace (1873-1882), Ohio state congressman (1882-1892), state senator (1892-1896), and United States Postage Stamp Agent. He was a powerful Republican campaign orator and was influential in William McKinley’s 1896 presidential campaign. He was the first African-American to be elected to public office in Cleveland, Ohio. The collection consists of correspondence, legal papers, speeches, financial accounts, receipts, newspaper clippings, invitations, programs and other papers.