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Theodore Francis Green: A Featured Biography


Senator Theodore Francis Green

Theodore Francis Green was a Democratic governor and U.S. senator from the state of Rhode Island. Born in 1867 to a family well-established in New England politics, Green was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1936 and served until 1961. In 1942 Senator Green delivered the Senate's annual reading of Washington's Farewell Address. For 20 years, Green served on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which he chaired from 1957 to 1959. An ardent internationalist, Green worked with other lawmakers to set policy on a range of issues, including the Truman Doctrine, the NATO alliance, the Marshall Plan, and the Korean War. In 1952 President Harry Truman selected Green to serve as a delegate to the 7th General Assembly of the United Nations. Green was a Washington socialite and an avid outdoorsman. At the time of his retirement from the Senate at the age of 93 in 1961, he was the oldest person to serve in the Senate.