Biography and History

Harrington DeGoyler Green was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on January 28, 1891. He graduated from Hughes High School, in 1908. During the summer of 1908 Green sailed to Naples, Italy with his older brother Joseph Coy Green and traveled extensively throughout Europe.

As a student at Princeton University in the class of 1912, Green majored in English Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in February 1913. He was well versed in classical Literature studied Latin, Greek, and German. However, poetry always remained his passion. Green wrote a wide variety of poems and was a frequent contributor to the Nassau Literary Magazine. Thirteen of his poems were published in A Book of Princeton Verse, 1916, an anthology of verse written by Princeton undergraduates and edited by the visiting English poet Alfred Noyes. Green also wrote the 1912 Class Ode. While at Princeton University he was a member of the Philadelphian Society, Manuscript Club, Swimming Team and editor in chief of poetry at the Nassau Literary Magazine. Harrington Green was a Republican and had a strong interest in national political affairs.

After graduating from Princeton he lived in New York City for a few months while seeking a position as a journalist. In the summer of 1913, he returned to Cincinnati, and worked for the Cincinnati Enquirer. Harrington Green died suddenly on August 24, 1914 while recovering from a minor operation. He was survived by his parents Louise & James Green, and brothers Joseph, Robert and Matthew.

Source: From the finding aid for AC018

  • Harrington DeGoyler Green Letters. 1906-1917 (inclusive).

    Call Number: AC018

    This collection contains the personal letters of Harrington De Goyler Green (1891-1914) to his parents James Albert Green and Louise Coy Green of Peoria, Illinois and later of Cincinnati Ohio. The bulk of the letters were written by Harrington Green as an undergraduate student at Princeton University from 1908 to 1913 and provide a first hand account of student life at Princeton. Green sent-other letters from summer camp at Pointe au Baril, Ontario, Canada in 1906 and while vacationing in Europe during the summer of 1908. The collection also contains copies of written examinations given in various subjects; letters written by Green from New York City, as he sought employment in the spring of 1913; a book of Green's poems; and letters of condolence upon his sudden death in August 1914.