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GREENE, David, clergyman, born in Stoneham, Massachusetts, 15 November, 1791 ; died in Westborough, Massachusetts, 7 April, 1866. He was graduated at Yale in 1821, spent two years in teaching, and then was graduated at the Andover theological seminary in 1826. Two years later he became assistant secretary of the American board of commissioners for foreign missions, and during his first year of service made a tour extending over nearly 6,000 miles, and lasting eight months, during which he visited nearly thirty missions to the Indian tribes. In 1832 he was chosen corresponding secretary, succeeding Jeremiah Evarts, and was ordained as a Congregational minister in August, 1833. He continued his connection with the board until 1848, and his duties consisted largely in editing the " Missionary Herald," and in correspondence with the Indian missions. Failing health caused him to decline a re-election, and he settled in Westborough, where he spent the remainder of his life, except a short residence in Windsor, Vermont Mr. Greene prepared twelve of the "special reports" of the society, many of which were of great value. He was also associated with Lowell Mason in the compilation of the hymn-book called " Church Psalmody."
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