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GREENE, Theodore Phinney, naval officer, born in Montreal, Canada, 1 November, 1809; died in Jaffrey, New Hampshire, 30 August, 1887. He was appointed midshipman from Vermont in November, 1826, and in 1837 became lieutenant. During the Mexican war, from 1846 till 1848, he was on the "Congress," having command of the land forces in Mazatlan for six months, then on the " Cyane," of the home squadron, and in 1854-'6 at the Boston navy yard. He was commissioned commander in September, 1855, and subsequently, until 1860, was lighthouse-inspector, after which he was at the navy yard on Mare island, California, until J862. In July, 1862, he was made captain, and given command of the " Santiago de Cuba" and the " San Jacinto." While in charge of the latter, he was left in command of the East Gulf squadron. Later he commanded the " Richmond," of the West Gulf squadron, and in 1865 protected the troops while they were landing for the attack on Mobile. In 1866 he served on ordnance duty in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and in 1867 was given command of the " Powhatan," of the Pacific squadron. He received his commission as commodore in July, 1867, and had charge of the Pensacola navy yard from 1868 till 1871, when he was retired. In March, 1872, he became rear admiral on the retired list.
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