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Samuel A. Green
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Trustee of the Boston Public Library, 1868-1878. Born 1830 in Groton, MA; died 1918. Physician, librarian, politician, author and antiquarian. A graduate of Harvard College in 1851, Samuel Green received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1854 and continued his medical studies in Philadelphia and Europe. The first physician in the state to enter the army medical service, he served in two Massachusetts regiments and in a number of other medical staff positions during the Civil War. Upon his return to Boston, Dr. Green continued his medical practice and found time to also serve as the city physician and mayor of Boston for one term. He assumed the temporary position of “Trustee in Charge” following Justin Winsor’s resignation in 1877. Concurrent to his time on the Boston Public Library’s Board of Trustees, Dr. Green also was a member of and served as the Librarian of the Massachusetts Historical Society until his death in 1918. Prior to his departure from the Board, he established the Green Trust Fund to acquire books to commemorate Benjamin Franklin and later donated to the Library books from his personal collection that would become the nucleus of the Franklin Library within the Boston Public Library. A native of Groton, Dr. Green wrote several books on the history of that town as well as a family genealogy following his service on the Board.


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