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Green, Josephlocked

(1706–11 December 1780)
  • David M. Robinson

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Green, Joseph (1706–11 December 1780), poet and merchant, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Nathaniel Green and Elizabeth (maiden name unknown). Information about his parents’ employment could not be obtained. He was educated at the South Grammar School and entered Harvard College in 1722, graduating in 1726. Few details of his life have been preserved, but it is known that he was part of the prosperous Boston merchant class and was said to own the largest private library in New England. He was also a pew-holder in the First Church of Boston, a man of Loyalist political sympathies, and a noted wit. He married Elizabeth (maiden name unknown) after 1742, but there is no evidence of their having any children....

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