Maurice Green (journalist)

(James) Maurice Spurgeon Green (Born in Padiham, Lancashire, England, 8 December 1906 - 19 July 1987) was a British journalist and newspaper editor. He was one of the two sons of Lieutenant-Colonel James Edward Green, and his wife, Constance Ingraham-Johnson.[1]

Maurice Green
James Maurice Spurgeon Green

(1906-12-08)8 December 1906
Died19 July 1987(1987-07-19) (aged 80)
EducationRugby School
Alma materUniversity College, Oxford
EmployerFinancial News
The Times
The Daily Telegraph
Pearl Oko
(m. 1930; died 1934)

Janet Grace Norie
(m. 1936; his death 1987)

Early life

Green attended Rugby School and University College, Oxford, gaining a half-blue in chess, before becoming a journalist on the Financial News. He was awarded double first-class degree in Greats and was counted among the most brilliant of his generation. He quickly made an impact, and was appointed editor in 1934. With Otto Clarke, he devised the Financial News 30-share index, which later served as the basis for the FTSE 100. In 1938, he became Financial and Industrial Editor of The Times.

Later life

During World War II served as an officer with the Royal Artillery.[1]

He was released from the army in 1944 and returned to The Times, earning a promotion to Assistant Editor in 1953. In 1961, he was appointed Assistant Editor of the Daily Telegraph, and became Editor for ten years from 1964. He used his time to champion free market economics and the emerging Thatcherite wing of the Conservative Party.[1]

Following his retirement, Green continued to write for the Telegraph, and served as President of the Institute of Journalists from 1976–77, using the post to attack trade unionism.[1]

Personal life

He married first, on 15 January 1930, Pearl Oko of Cincinnati, Ohio, who died in 1934. On 14 October 1936 he married Janet Grace Norie, daughter of Major-General C. E. M. Norie. They had two sons. He died on 19 July 1987 at Winchester, Hampshire.


Media offices
Preceded by
Oscar Rudolf Hobson
Editor of the Financial News
Succeeded by
Hargreaves Parkinson
Preceded by
Donald McLachlan
Deputy Editor of The Daily Telegraph
Succeeded by
Colin Welch
Preceded by
Colin Coote
Editor of The Daily Telegraph
Succeeded by
Bill Deedes