Thomas Jefferson Green

Thomas Jefferson Green

Birth
Warren County, North Carolina, USA
Death 12 Dec 1863 (aged 61)
North Carolina, USA
Burial Warrenton, Warren County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 8057227 · View Source
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Texas Independence General, Civil War Confederate Army Officer, Author. In the mid-1830s, he served in both the Texas Republic House of Representative, then the Republic's Senate. During the Texas War of Independence, he served as a Brigadier General in the Texas Army. In the Battle at Mier, he and almost two hundred officers and men were taken prisoner. Seventeen of these men were executed by drawing of the "Black Bean Lottery”, with the remaining prisoners eventually being released. Later, he wrote the book "Journal of the Texan Expedition Against Mier," recounting the events. In 1846, Greenville, Texas was named for him. The first monument honoring the men who died at the Alamo contains the inscription "Thermopylae had her messenger of defeat-the Alamo had none." The quote was taken from a speech delivered by General Green. During the California Gold Rush, he headed west, where he served in the first California State Senate. He sponsored the bill that created the "University of California." He was known for ending each senate session by proclaiming, "Let's have a drink! Let's have a thousand drinks!" After this, the state's first legislative session became known as "The Legislature of 1,000 Drinks." By the time the Civil War began, he had returned to North Carolina. Although advanced in age, he joined the Confederate Army and was involved in several battles in Virginia. His sons claimed that he died of "heartbreak" over failures on the Confederate's side. He was originally buried at his home, but in 1905, he was re-interred at Fairview Cemetery.

Bio by: Evening Blues


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 8057227
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Jefferson Green (14 Feb 1802–12 Dec 1863), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8057227, citing Fairview Cemetery, Warrenton, Warren County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .