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Modern civilization with its complexities of public service and its intricacies of commercial enterprises gives an important place to the duties of special agent. Comparatively few have the mental equipment and the physical endurance qualifying them for tasks so difficult and responsibilities so weighty as those connected with such work, and it affords abundant evidence as to the ability of Mr. Green when the statement is made that he ranks as the peer of any of the western representatives of his chosen occupation. In logical reasoning, quickness of comprehension, keenness in securing evidence and patience in proving the same, he possesses qualifications for efficient detective service and long experience along the line of his specialty has developed his native gifts in such a manner as to indicate that his choice of an occupation was wisely made.

Through a residence in Sacramento covering a period of twenty-five or more years Mr. Green has won and retained the esteem of a large circle of acquaintances, all of whom bear testimony concerning his capable services in special police and detective work. A son of William and Sarah Green, he was born in the city of New York March 24, 1863, but at a very early age accompanied the family to California, settling in San Francisco, where he attended the grammar and high schools until fourteen years of age. After that he took up the task of self-support. Independent and resolute by nature, he found it no difficult task to earn a livelihood. Having always been fond of horses and able to manage even the most fiery of animals, he secured employment as a trainer and traveled throughout various parts of the state in that capacity.

Upon establishing his headquarters in Sacramento during the year 1887 Mr. Green entered the police service as an officer. A year later he was chosen to engage in special police work and in that line he continued as a city employe until 1906, when he became an assistant special agent for the Southern Pacific. Railroad and during 1909 received promotion to his present position as special agent for the same road. The difficult and delicate nature of his business causes him to refrain from political activity and he takes no part in politics aside from voting the Republican ticket, although he is well qualified for public service and official responsibilities. Nor has he, aside from membership with the Eagles, any association with fraternal organizations. During July of 1888 he was united in marriage with Miss Louise Gonnet, a native of Sacramento, and they have resided here ever since and now own and occupy a comfortable home at No. 3504 Seventh avenue. Oak Park, this city. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011