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A Guide to the Robert Alexis "Lex" Green Papers

Finding aid created by Chris Baker

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
January 2008


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Green, Robert Alexis, 1892-1973
Title: Robert Alexis "Lex" Green Papers
Dates: 1922-1945
Abstract: Congressman Lex Green's papers concerning campaigns, legislation, and committee service. Also, an extensive amount of miscellaneous correspondence.
Extent: 22 Linear feet. 39 Boxes.
Identification: Ms 47
Language(s): English
Online Content Items from this collection have been digitized and are available online in the UF Digital Collections. For more information please see the note below.

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Alexis "Lex" Green was born near Lake Butler, Florida, on February 10, 1892. He taught in Liberty Public School at the age of 16, and graduated from the high school in 1913. From 1913 to 1918 he served in various positions, including chief clerk, in the State House of Representatives. He earned a B.S. in 1916 from the University of Florida, and worked as principal of Suwannee High School in 1916 and 1917. He was a member of the State House from 1918-1920, serving as speaker pro tempore in 1918. He studied law at Yale University, was admitted to the Bar in 1921, and commenced practice in Starke, Florida. He was elected judge of Bradford County in 1921 and served until 1924.

In 1924 he was elected as a Democrat to the U.S. House of Representatives. He served in Congress until his resignation in 1944. After an unsuccessful candidacy for the Florida gubernatorial nomination, he entered the United States Navy in November 1944. Following the end of World War II he resumed practicing law in Starke, and served as county prosecuting attorney and as city attorney for Starke. He died February 9, 1973, in Gainesville, Fla.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-present


Scope and Content

This collection contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, press releases and legislative bills. The correspondence is divided into several categories: personal correspondence, campaign correspondence, correspondence regarding the House Rivers and Harbors Committee, veterans' claims correspondence, endorsements of state and federal positions, and correspondence regarding legislation. A large portion of the collection (Boxes 21-39) is labeled miscellaneous correspondence and is organized chronologically.

Of particular interest are items related to plans for the Cross Florida Barge Canal and the closing of Silver River to navigation. Papers covering these topics can be found with the Rivers and Harbors Committee correspondence and in the miscellaneous correspondence. During World War II Green was active in promoting the creation of air bases in Florida, and most of the letters pertaining to this can be found in miscellaneous correspondence after 1941. Other items of interest include bills that he introduced into the House of Representatives while in office. As is evident from these bills, he favored stricter immigration laws and increased pensions for veterans and the elderly. Green promoted development in Florida. Many war-time letters deal with problems that local businesses faced with supply and delivery of products. His constituents showed particular hostility towards the Office of Price Administration (OPA) and various other New Deal regulatory agencies. Additionally, the collection contains a significant amount of correspondence related to the Work Projects Administration (WPA) projects and veterans' claims. These materials illustrate the operation of the federal government under Roosevelt and the New Deal.

Because the miscellaneous correspondence contains papers that are also present in other categories of the collection, researchers should consider cross-referencing the subject-based material with miscellaneous correspondence from the same time period.


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

The collection is open for research.


Related or Separated Material

Green was a contemporary of J. Hardin Peterson and Spessard Holland and other politicians, whose papers are available at the UF Smathers Libraries.


Administrative Information

Alternate Form of Material

Digital reproductions of items in this collection are available online via the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC). Please read the Permissions for Use statement for information on copyright, fair use, and use of UFDC digital objects.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Robert Alexis "Lex" Green Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Robert Alexis Green.


Contents List

Box
1 Personal Correspondence. Oct. 3, 1922 - Dec. 6, 1944
2 Campaign Correspondence. Jul. 19, 1928 - Mar. 31, 1938
3 Campaign Correspondence. Apr. 2, 1938 - Nov. 28, 1941
4 Campaign Correspondence. Dec. 1, 1941 - Mar. 12, 1942
5 Campaign Correspondence. Mar. 13, 1942 - Apr. 24, 1942
6 Campaign Correspondence. Apr. 30, 1942 - Mar. 29, 1943
7 Campaign Correspondence. Apr. 18, 1943 - Nov. 27, 1944
7 Miscellaneous Campaign Material. Not dated
7 Press Releases. 1937-44
7 Newspaper Clippings
7 Bills introduced into the House of Representatives
8 Correspondence Re: River and Harbor Work in Florida. Sep. 24, 1925 - Feb. 28, 1936
9 Correspondence Re: River and Harbor Work in Florida. Mar. 3, 1936 - Jun. 30, 1942
10 Correspondence Re: River and Harbor Work in Florida. Jul. 1, 1942 - Dec. 4, 1944
10 River and Harbor Work Materials. Not dated
10 Veterans' Claims Correspondence. 1926-1935
11 Veterans' Claims Correspondence. 1937-1944
11 Correspondence with the University of Florida. 1925-1933
12 Correspondence with the University of Florida. Jan. 1934 - Jan. 1945
12 Endorsements and Correspondence - Jobs with Federal and State Governments and Relief Applications. Jul. 20, 1926 - Dec. 31, 1936
13 Endorsements and Correspondence - Jobs with Federal and State Governments and Relief Applications. Jan. 5, 1937 - Oct. 31, 1938
14 Endorsements and Correspondence - Jobs with Federal and State Governments and Relief Applications. Nov. 4, 1938 - Jun. 29, 1940
15 Endorsements and Correspondence - Jobs with Federal and State Governments and Relief Applications. Jul. 1, 1940 - Feb. 28, 1942
16 Endorsements and Correspondence - Jobs with Federal and State Governments and Relief Applications. Mar. 1, 1942 - Nov. 3, 1944
16 List of people who requested endorsements
17 Correspondence Re: Legislation. Mar. 6, 1925 - Feb. 27, 1933
18 Correspondence Re: Legislation. Mar. 6, 1933 - Jul. 30, 1937
19 Correspondence Re: Legislation. Aug. 2, 1937 - May 31, 1941
20 Correspondence Re: Legislation. Jun. 2, 1941 - Oct. 30, 1943
21 Correspondence Re: Legislation. Nov. 4, 1943 - Dec. 20, 1944
21 Miscellaneous correspondence. Feb. 2, 1925 - May 30, 1928
22 Miscellaneous correspondence. Jan. 3, 1929 - Aug. 25, 1931
23 Miscellaneous correspondence. Nov. 4, 1931 - Oct. 30, 1933
24 Miscellaneous correspondence. Nov. 1, 1933 - May 10, 1935
25 Miscellaneous correspondence. May 11, 1935 - Aug. 14, 1936
26 Miscellaneous correspondence. Aug. 15, 1936 - May 10, 1937
27 Miscellaneous correspondence. May 11, 1937 - Nov. 4, 1937
28 Miscellaneous correspondence. Nov. 5, 1937 - May 18, 1938
29 Miscellaneous correspondence. May 19, 1938 - Dec. 30, 1938
30 Miscellaneous correspondence. Apr. 1, 1939 - Nov 14, 1939
31 Miscellaneous correspondence. Nov. 15, 1939 - Aug. 12, 1940
32 Miscellaneous correspondence. Aug. 13, 1940 - Mar. 13, 1941
33 Miscellaneous correspondence. Mar. 14, 1941 - Dec. 31, 1941
34 Miscellaneous correspondence. Jan. 1, 1942 - Jul. 20, 1942
35 Miscellaneous correspondence. Jul. 22, 1942 - Feb. 27, 1943
36 Miscellaneous correspondence. Mar. 1, 1943 - Jul. 12, 1943
37 Miscellaneous correspondence. Jul. 13, 1943 - Dec.7, 1943
38 Miscellaneous correspondence. Dec. 8, 1943 - Sep. 30, 1944
39 Miscellaneous correspondence. Nov. 8, 1944 - Dec. 20, 1944
Phonodiscs (3). Political recordings on behalf of Lex Green (WMBR Jacksonville and WLAK Lakeland) 1946, 1948

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Cross Florida Barge Canal (Fla.)
Florida -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950.



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