Biography of Dr. Joseph C. Greene


Greene, Joseph C., M. D., is a lineal descendant of Samuel Greene, who came from England to Boston in 1630. Dr. Greene's great-grandparents, Isaiah and Mary Greene, removed to Kensington, N. H., and in 1764 settled in Ware, in the same State, where their eldest son Simon was born. The latter married Naomi Tukesbury, and their oldest son, Stephen S. Greene. removed to Starksboro, Vt., in 1827. In 1828 Stephen S. married Lydia, daughter of Joseph Chase, a prominent minister of the Society of Friends and a descendant of the early Holland Dutch settlers of New York. They had twelve children. Dr. Joseph C. Greene, the oldest, was born in Lincoln, Vt., July 21, 1829. He was reared on the farm and attended the district schools until he reached the age of sixteen, after which he became a student at the Nine Partners boarding school in Dutchess county, N. Y., and later was graduated from the Barre (Vt.) Academy. He read medicine with Dr. Hugh Taggart, of Hinesburg, Vt., attended lectures at the Woodstock and Castleton (Vt.) Medical Colleges, and wasgradnated from the Albany Medical College in June, 1855, with the degree of M. D. Afterward he attended clinics in various hospitals and colleges in New York city and in 1856 began active practice at Charlotte, Vt. In 1863 he removed to Buffalo, where be has since resided: and where he has achieved eminence in his profession. He was a district physician to the Board of Health in 1873-74, was formerly president of the fourth branch of the New York State Medical Association, is a member and expresident of the Erie County Medical Society and the Buffalo Historical Society, and was elected alderman in 1884. He is a member of the American Medical Association, a permanent member of the New York State Medical Society, a member and expresident of the Buffalo Medical Union, and a member of the American Microscopical Society, the American Society for the Advancement of Science, the Buffalo Microscopical Club, and the Acacia, and a Knight Templar and 32d degree Mason Scottish Rite. In 1888-89 he made a tour of the world, traveling about 55,000 miles, visiting the land of the midnight sun and other interesting countries, and collecting over 300 originals and copies illustrating the political, social and religious life of ancient Egypt, Syria, Assyria, etc., which he presented to the Buffalo Historical Society. September 21. 1856, he married Juliette, daughter of William and Ann Taggert, of Vermont. She died October 15, 1882, leaving three children: De Witt Clinton Greene, a practicing physician; Anna Adelaide, a graduate of the Buffalo Female Academy and wife of Edward Andrews; and Julia Delphine, wife of Frederick Bush Willard, M. D., all of Buffalo. Dr. Greene married, second, November 29, 1891, Mary Burrows Smith, of Albion, N. Y.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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