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GREEN, Francis, merchant, born in Boston, 1 September, 1742; died in Medford, Massachusetts, 21 April, 1809. His father, Benjamin, was president of the council and commander-in-chief of Nova Scotia. Francis was graduated at Harvard in 1760; joined the army as an ensign after the beginning of the French war, was present at the siege of Louisburg in 1758, at that of Martinique, and in 1762 at the capture of Havana. In 1765 he went to England, and on his return sold his commission and settled in business in Boston. At the beginning of the Revolution, although he declared that he was the friend of liberty, he adhered to the crown. In 1776 he went to Halifax, where he was appointed a magistrate, returned to New York in 1777, and the next year was proscribed and banished. He remained in England till 1784, when he returned to Nova Scotia, and was sheriff of the County of Halifax and senior judge of the court of common pleas. He returned to Massachusetts in 179'7, and settled in Medford. He published "The Art of Impairing Speech" (London, 1783), and a translation of the "Letters of Abbe de l'Epee " (Boston, 1803).
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