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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Coshocton in Coshocton County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

William Green

March 3, 1870 – November 21, 1952

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By J. J. Prats, April 8, 2006
1. William Green Marker
Inscription.  William Green, President of the American Federation of Labor from 1924 until his death, 1852, began his amazing and strenuous climb to the top run of labor's ladder at age 16, in the Morgan Run Coal Mines in Coshocton County.

Born in Coshocton County to parents of English descent, Hugh and Jane Oram Green, he learned their devout Baptist faith. Educated in a one room school house, he studied by coal oil lamp at night and was an avid reader all his life. Married Jeannie Mobley, a Coshocton native on 14 April 1892. They were the parents of six children.

Held his first union office in Local 379 at 18; then, President of Sub-district 6; President of District 6, which included Ohio; Secretary-Treasurer, the United Mine Workers of America; finally, President of the American Federation of Labor.

Member of the Ohio Senate, 1910–1914; author, Workman's Compensation Law of Ohio. Member of the Peace Treaty Commission after World War I, the Board of International Labor Organization, Advisory Council to Commission on Economic Security, and American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Author, Labor and Democracy.
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By William Fischer, Jr., November 29, 2009
2. William Green Marker
Coshocton County Courthouse in background.
Recipient, honorary degrees: Doctor of Industrial Science, Oglethorpe University and Doctor of Law, Kenyon College.

Active Baptist layman; dedicated American; a leader in drive for public education; awarded gold medal for distinguished service in promotion of Industrial Peace by the Roosevelt Memorial Association; received Award of Merit for Secretary of War Robert Patterson for leadership of American workers during World War II; awarded Certificate for Distinguished Service, National Foundation The March of Dimes.
Erected 1980. (Marker Number 8-16.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Labor Unions.
Location. 40° 16.445′ N, 81° 51.948′ W. Marker is in Coshocton, Ohio, in Coshocton County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Main Street and 4th Street. Marker is in Courthouse Square, next to the courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Coshocton OH 43812, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Coshocton County Korean War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Coshocton County War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients (within shouting distance of this marker); Coshocton County Vietnam War Memorial
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(within shouting distance of this marker); The Coshocton County Courthouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coshocton.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 23, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,402 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 23, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   2. submitted on December 14, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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