No image available

Richard Ware Greene

January 21, 1792
March 14, 1875
Home Town:
Warwick, RI
Later Residences:
Boston, MA
Providence, RI
Celia Larned Greene (November 1851)
Biographical Notes:
Richard Ward Greene was the son of Christopher Greene and Deborah Ward. He was born in Warwick, Rhode Island on January 21, 1792. He graduated from Brown in 1812 and then entered the Litchfield Law School. Greene spent his whole life pursuing a successful legal career. He woked as a lawyer in both Boston and Providence, Rhode Island. In 1826, he was appointed as a U.S. District Attorney and officiated in this role until 1845. Greene was then elected three years later to the Rhode Island Senate, serving only one year when he resigned to become the Chief Justice of Rhode Island. While he was Chief Justice, Greene married Celia Larned Greene in November of 1851. He held the position of Chief Justice for six years, and after leaving this position returned to politics and was an elected member of ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended Brown University in 1812.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Federal Posts:
U.S. Attorney (for the District of RI) 1826-1845
State Posts:
State Senator (RI) 1848
Chief Justice (RI) 1849-1855
State Representative (RI) 1855-1872

help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), 11.

Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1813, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.

Contact Us

Do you have more information for the Ledger?

If you have family papers, objects, or any other details you would like to share, or if you would like to obtain a copy of an image for publication, please contact us at