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Robert Alexis "Lex" Green Papers

Identifier: Ms 047

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.


  • Creation: 1922-1945



The collection is open for research.

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


22 Linear feet (40 Boxes)

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Congressman Lex Green's papers concerning campaigns, legislation, and committee service. Also, an extensive amount of miscellaneous correspondence.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

Gift of Robert Alexis Green.

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.

Related Material

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

A Guide to the Robert Alexis "Lex" Green Papers
Finding aid created by Chris Baker
January 2008
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Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America