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Judge Nathan Green House: The Lawyers house - demolished in 2021


Photo from Historic Lebanon


The Green home was host to families of lawyers.


Sitting at 607 West Main St., the Nathan Green, Sr. home is a 2 story simple Federal style home. Judge Nathan Green, Sr. (1792-1866) built this home about 1850 after he moved to Lebanon and purchased 6 acres of land. He had been a Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court from 1831-52 and retired. Wilson Co. connections: Gov. William Campbell replaced Judge Green with Judge Robert Looney. His first wife was Mary Field Green (1792-1849) whom he wed in 1813; his second wife was Esther Amelia Green (1812-1875). After moving to Lebanon, he became a professor at the Cumberland Law School. Judge Green had resided in Franklin, and prior to the Supreme Court, he had been Chancellor of the East Division of the Supreme Court. After the Civil War, he and his son, Nathan Green, Jr. reopened the Cumberland law school.


In the early 1900s, the next owners of the house were Amzi Waddell Hooker (1865-1933) and Alice Williamson Hooker (1878-1972). They wed in 1901. His first wife was Gertrude Kirkpatrick Hooker (1863-1894). Amzi was president of the Lebanon National Bank and had a prosperous lumber business. Hooker was a founder of Cumberland University and served on the Board of Directors as well as the establishment of Castle Heights Academy.


The Hooker family resided at the Green House from the early 1900s to the mid 1970s. Their son was John Jay Hooker, Sr. and grandson, John Jay Hooker, Jr., both famed lawyers who lived in Nashville. In 2020, the house is currently used as an apartment.


In the Fall of 2021, the home and property were purchased by Wilson Bank & Trust and soon after demolished. The Green House was under consideration for being part of historic overlay but only in planning stages. It adjoined bank property, and the bank believed the home was beyond repair. One can Google the home name with Historic Lebanon and pull up a story from WKRN-News 2 for comments from several parties about the situation.


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