- Paul David Nelson
Greene, Nathanael (27 July 1742–19 June 1786), general in the American Revolution, was born in Potowomut (now Warwick), Rhode Island, the son of Nathanael Greene, an iron founder, and Mary Mott. Because his Quaker parents believed in manual labor and a minimum of education, he commenced working early in life at his father’s forge without an opportunity for schooling. However, he was very bright and early acquired a love of books. A self-taught reader, he also became a fluent letter writer. During his lifetime he came to possess over 200 volumes on various subjects, especially military history and theory. In 1774 he married Catherine Littlefield; they had five children....