GREEN, JOHN PATTERSON (2 Apr. 1845-1 Sept. 1940), the "Father of Labor Day," was born the son of John R. and Temperance Green, free blacks of Newberne, N.C. His family moved to Cleveland in 1857. John left school in 1859 to support his family, studying on the side and publishing Essays on Miscellaneous Subjects by a Self-Educated Colored Youth in 1866. He attended
In 1892 Green was elected to the Ohio senate, that body's first black member. During the 1890s he became closely acquainted with leading Ohio Republicans
Green, John P. Fact Stranger Than Fiction (1920).