Dwight H. Green, who was inaugurated on January 13, 1941,
is the second war Governor of Illinois in the present century. He is the
thirtieth man to serve as Governor since 1818.
Governor Green, as head of the State government and chairman of the Illinois War
Council, has placed all the power and resources of Illinois behind the nation's
war effort. Since December 7, 1941, he has devoted practically all his time to
war activities and has directed the State's Civilian Defense program.
Governor Green was born in Ligonier, Indiana, January 9, 1897, the son of Harry
and Minnie Gerber Green. He attended grade schools and high school there, and
entered Wabash College in 1915. He left college in May, 1917, to enlist in the
United States Army and was commissioned a lieutenant.
After leaving the army, Governor Green attended Stanford University and later
entered the University of Chicago, receiving his Ph.B. Degree in 1920. He was
graduated from the University of Chicago law school in 1922.
Governor Green was admitted to the Illinois Bar the same year, and began
practice in Chicago. In 1926, he joined the staff of the Bureau of Internal
Revenue in Washington, and a year later returned to Chicago as special
representative of the Bureau's general counsel.
Appointed as a special assistant to the United States District Attorney for the
Northern District of Illinois, he was assigned to the
prosecution of income tax fraud cases, and achieved national eminence by the
conviction of some of America's most notorious gangsters. In 1932, he was
appointed District Attorney, serving until he resigned in 1935 to resume private
Governor Green was the Republican nominee for mayor of Chicago in 1939. In 1940
he won the Republican primary nomination for governor, and was elected Governor
by a majority of approximately 250,000 votes.
Governor Green received honorary L. L. D. Degrees from Mac Murray College and
Blackburn College in 1941. He is a member of the American, Federal, Illinois
State and Chicago Bar Associations, the Legal Club of Chicago and Kappa Sigma
and Phi Alpha Delta fraternities.
He is a member of the American Legion and of the Forty-and-Eight
Society, the Union League Club, the Chicago Athletic Association, the Saddle and
Cycle Club, Knollwood Country Club and the Midday and Economic clubs in Chicago.
He is a 33^rd degree Mason and a member of the Shrine.
Governor Green married Mabel Victoria Kingston of Washington June 20, 1926. They
have two daughters, Nancy Kingston, born in 1927, and Gloria Kingston, born in
/Source: Illinois Blue Book 1943-4/
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