About Greenway

John C. Greenway

JC Greenway  

On November 1, 1971 the Glendale Union High School District Board of Education approved the naming of the school after John Campbell Greenway, a prominent mining engineer and military leader and his wife, Isabella Greenway, who served Arizona in Congress from 1933 -1937.

John C. Greenway graduated from Yale University where he distinguished himself as a student and athlete.  He was considered one of the outstanding football players of his time and was honored two consecutive years as an All American Baseball player. 

He graduated from Yale and went to work in the steel industry where he started as a helper and eventually was promoted to a plant foreman’s position.  At the start of the Spanish American war he quit his job and enlisted as a private in the Rough Riders Regiment.  He fought gallantly, and following the battle of San Juan Hill he was promoted to Colonel upon the recommendation of Theodore Roosevelt. 

Following the war, Mr. Greenway returned to the steel industry where he was given the position of general superintendent of the Carnegie mining developments in the Mesabi mining district of Minnesota.  In 1910, he was hired to manage the Calumet and Arizona Mining operations in the Arizona Territory.  Under his leadership the town of Ajo and the New Cornelia mine came into being.  The Cornelia mine became a model for low grade mining operations throughout the world. 

Upon the outbreak of World War I, he accepted a commission in the Allied Expedition Force and was sent to Europe.  His leadership and valor earned him honors from both the United States and French governments.  Upon the conclusion of the war he returned home and remained active in the military reserve program.  It was as a reserve officer that he was promoted to rank of brigadier general. 

Mr. Greenway returned to Arizona and the mining industry.  It was not surprising that in recognition of his ability as an executive and a leader that he should become active in public affairs.  He was active in the early Arizona political scene and in 1924 was nominated for the Presidency during the Democratic National Convention.  He served as a Regent for the University of Arizona and at the time of his death in 1926 was a strong contender for Democratic nomination as Governor of Arizona.  Mr. Greenway was one of the national organizers of the American Legion. 

The attainments of General John C. Greenway were so significant that a bronze statue of him was commissioned and placed in the statuary Hall of the United States Capitol.

Following General Greenway’s death, his wife, Isabella continued to follow the political activities which he began.  She was elected a Democratic National Committeewoman from Arizona and was selected by Franklin D. Roosevelt to second his nomination by both the Democratic and Republican parties as a Congressional nominee in 1933.  She served in the United States House of Representatives from 1933 through 1937.