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Dr Samuel Abbott Green

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Dr Samuel Abbott Green

Birth
Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death
5 Dec 1918 (aged 88)
Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial
Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID
122364420 View Source

Groton native Doctor Samuel Green was a Civil War veteran who served as superintendent of the Boston Dispensary, City Physician and Mayor of Boston.

Green was born in Groton, MA, on March 16, 1830, to Joshua Green and Eliza Lawrence. He graduated from the Lawrence Academy at Groton in 1847, and Harvard in 1851. He went on to earn a medical degree, began a medical practice in Boston, and became one of the district physicians for the city dispensary. On May 19, 1858, he was appointed by Governor Banks surgeon of the 3rd Massachusetts Militia Regiment.

At the beginning of the Civil War, Green was commissioned assistant surgeon of the 1st Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment. He was promoted surgeon of the 24th Massachusetts Regiment on September 2, 1861. His assignments included command of the hospital ships "Recruit" and "Cosmopolitan" in support of Southern campaigns by the Army of the Potomac. For gallant and distinguished services in the field, in 1864 Green was brevetted lieutenant colonel of volunteers. He organized Roanoke Cemetery in 1862, which was one of the first regular burial places for Union Army soldiers.

After the war, Green served as superintendent of the Boston Dispensary, as a member of the Boston School Board, as a trustee, and then as acting librarian of the Boston Public Library. In 1871 he became City Physician of Boston, a post he held for nine years. In 1882, he was elected Mayor of Boston, serving a one-year term. Green devoted his later years to historical studies, including five on the Town of Groton. He died in Groton on December 5, 1918, and is buried in a family plot at the Groton Cemetery. [biography condensed from Wikipedia]

Groton native Doctor Samuel Green was a Civil War veteran who served as superintendent of the Boston Dispensary, City Physician and Mayor of Boston.

Green was born in Groton, MA, on March 16, 1830, to Joshua Green and Eliza Lawrence. He graduated from the Lawrence Academy at Groton in 1847, and Harvard in 1851. He went on to earn a medical degree, began a medical practice in Boston, and became one of the district physicians for the city dispensary. On May 19, 1858, he was appointed by Governor Banks surgeon of the 3rd Massachusetts Militia Regiment.

At the beginning of the Civil War, Green was commissioned assistant surgeon of the 1st Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment. He was promoted surgeon of the 24th Massachusetts Regiment on September 2, 1861. His assignments included command of the hospital ships "Recruit" and "Cosmopolitan" in support of Southern campaigns by the Army of the Potomac. For gallant and distinguished services in the field, in 1864 Green was brevetted lieutenant colonel of volunteers. He organized Roanoke Cemetery in 1862, which was one of the first regular burial places for Union Army soldiers.

After the war, Green served as superintendent of the Boston Dispensary, as a member of the Boston School Board, as a trustee, and then as acting librarian of the Boston Public Library. In 1871 he became City Physician of Boston, a post he held for nine years. In 1882, he was elected Mayor of Boston, serving a one-year term. Green devoted his later years to historical studies, including five on the Town of Groton. He died in Groton on December 5, 1918, and is buried in a family plot at the Groton Cemetery. [biography condensed from Wikipedia]


Inscription

SAMUEL ABBOTT GREEN, M.D., LL.D.
March 16 1830 - December 5 1918
BRIGADE SURGEON IN THE UNION ARMY
MAYOR OF BOSTON
ANTIQUARIAN - HISTORIAN
BENEFACTOR OF THE LAWRENCE ACADEMY
AND OF THE
TOWN OF GROTON
FRIEND OF HUMANITY


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