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Item description, MRL 2: Joseph Kingsbury Greene Papers, series #, box #, and folder #, The Burke Library Archives, Columbia University Libraries, at Union Theological Seminary, New York.
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Diaries, letters, sermons, dictionary Cataloged Lynn A. Grove 07/18/88.
2013-06-25 XML instance document created by Brigette C. Kamsler.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Reverend Joseph Kingsbury Greene was born to David and Lyntha (Miller) Green on April 10, 1834 in Auburn, Maine. He attended and graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine in 1855. Greene became engaged to Elizabeth Augusta Davis, whom he wed in 1857 once she graduated from Mount Holyoke Seminary.
Joseph attended Union Theological Seminary and after graduation in 1858, was accepted by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions and ordained in November. He was stationed for three years in Nicomedia, Turkey arriving March 1859. Greene quickly learned the Armenian alphabet and created a dictionary of English, Armenian, Turkish and Greek words. Other locations where Greene was stationed were Bursa in 1862 for six years; and after a furlough in 1868 in Minnesota, went to Manisa in June 1871.
Greene was invited to Constantinople in 1862 to edit the ABCFM-published weekly religious paper, Avedaper, written in Armenian, Armeno-Turkish, and Greco-Turkish, and three illustrated monthly papers for children. The newspapers were strictly controlled by the Turkish government. Greene edited the papers for twelve years.
He took a second furlough to Illinois in 1884, and received the Doctor of Divinity from Bowdoin at this time. Greene began his third missionary trip to Constantinople in 1886, and was stationed there for seven years. Elizabeth died in 1894, which caused him to take a third furlough the same year. Joseph married his second wife, missionary Mathilde Hermine Meyer in September 1895 and they returned to Constantinople in November. Joseph served until 1910, when he retired and returned to America.
Joseph Kingsbury Greene died in Oberlin, Ohio on February 10, 1917.
Cleaveland, Nehemiah. History of Bowdoin College, With Biographical Sketches of Its Graduates. Boston: James Ripley Osgood and Company, 1882.
Greene, Joseph K. Leavening the Levant. Boston: The Pilgrim Press, 1916.