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Fig. Colonel Edward "Ned" Howland Robinson Green (1868-1936), was born the son of Edward Henry Green and Henrietta Hetty Howland Robinson (1834-1916),

“The Witch of Wall Street”, on August 22, 1869, at the Langham Hotel, London, England. He was born in England because his parents fled America to escape a criminal lawsuit of forgery on Aunt Sylvia Ann Howland's (1806-1865), will to inherit an estate worth $2 Million, popularly known as "The Howland Will Forgery Trial." Hetty's Aunt Sylvia's will left the bulk of the estate to charity. However, Hetty produced an earlier signed will leaving everything to her with a clause that any subsequent will would be invalid. At the time she was already worth nearly $6 Million having been the recipient of three previous fortunes willed to her by her mother, an aunt and her father.

Fig. Photograph of Henrietta Hetty Howland Robinson (1834-1916), “The Witch of Wall Street”. She was born the daughter of Edward Mott Robinson (1800-1865), and Abby Howland (1807-1860), a wealthy whaling family at New Bedford, Massachusetts, on November 21, 1834. Her mother was one of the Howland descendants of the Mayflower.

In 1893, he was sent by his mother to Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas, to manage the Texas Midland Railroad, which she acquired through foreclosure. The twenty-five year old entrepreneur brought new life into the failing railroad by modernizing the coaches installing electric lighting and other innovations that brought quick success.

Fig. Round Hill

Fig. Round Hill

Fig. Col. Green with his wife Mabel.

There are several important receipts of Col. Edward H. R. Green sent to Henry Chapman in the Lupia Numismatic Library, Special Collection, The Chapman Family Correspondence Archive.

Figs. Col. Green died June 8, 1936, Lake Placid, New York.

Bibliography :

Boyden Sparks and Samuel Taylor Moore, The Witch of Wall Street, Hetty Green (New York: Garden City Publishing)

Lewis, Arthur H., The Day They Shook the Plum Tree. (New York: Harcourt Brace, 1963)

Stanley M. Bierman, M.D., The World's Greatest Stamp Collectors (New York, no date) : 125-142

Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies, 105

Bedell, Barbara Fortin, Colonel Edward Howland Robinson Green and the World He Created at Round Hill (2003)