FRED W. GREEN, the thirty-first governor of Michigan, was born in Manistee, Michigan on October 20, 1871. His education was attained at Michigan State Normal School, where he graduated in 1893, and at the University of Michigan, where he earned a law degree in 1898. During the Spanish American War, Green served in the 31st Michigan Volunteer Infantry as a first lieutenant and later was promoted to battalion adjutant. After his military service, he established a legal career, serving as the city attorney of Ypsilanti, as well as serving as the attorney for the Ypsilanti Reed Furniture Company, a business he later became owner of. Green entered politics in 1913, serving as the mayor of Ionia, a position he held until 1916. He also served as the treasurer of the Michigan Republican Party from 1915 to 1919. Green next secured the Republican gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote on November 2, 1926. He was reelected to a second term in 1928. During his tenure, a comprehensive budget system was initiated; a new code of criminal practices was authorized; appropriations were secured for a state hospital building program; seven new state parks were created; and a workmen’s compensation law was improved. After completing his term, Green left office on January 1, 1931. He continued to stay politically active, serving as a delegate to the 1932 Republican National Convention. Governor Fred W. Green passed away on November 30, 1936, and was buried in the Highland Park Cemetery in Ionia, Michigan.
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