GREEN, Wharton Jackson, (1831 - 1910)

GREEN, Wharton Jackson, (grandson of Jesse Wharton and cousin of Matt Whitaker Ransom), a Representative from North Carolina; born in St. Marks, Wakula County, Fla., February 28, 1831; was instructed by private tutors; attended Georgetown College, Lovejoy’s Academy, Raleigh, N.C., and the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.; studied law at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville and at Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn.; was admitted to the bar in 1854 and commenced practice in Washington, D.C.; engaged in agricultural pursuits in Warren County, N.C., in 1859; during the Civil War enlisted in the Confederate service in 1861; commissioned as a lieutenant colonel, in the Second North Carolina Battalion; afterward served on General Daniel’s staff; wounded and taken prisoner at the Battle of Gettysburg; settled at “Tokay Vineyard,” near Fayetteville, N.C., and became interested in viticulture; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1868, 1872, 1876, and 1888; first president of the Society of Confederate Soldiers and Sailors in North Carolina; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1887); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1886; devoted his time to the cultivation of his vineyard and to literary pursuits; died at “Tokay,” near Fayetteville, N.C., August 6, 1910; interment in Cross Creek Cemetery, Fayetteville, N.C.