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Greene, Catharine Littlefieldlocked

(17 February 1755–02 September 1814)
  • Janet Allais Stegeman

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Greene, Catharine Littlefield (17 February 1755–02 September 1814), wife of revolutionary war hero Nathanael Greene and principal financier of Eli Whitney's cotton gin, wife of revolutionary war hero Nathanael Greene and principal financier of Eli Whitney’s cotton gin, was born on Block Island, Rhode Island, the daughter of John Littlefield, a landowner and deputy to the General Assembly of Rhode Island, and Phebe Ray. Her early years among the nonconformists on Block Island, who shunned the rigid religious dogmas of the mainland, left an indelible mark on her personality; she remained forever an unconventional individualist....

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