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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1866

Vol. III
p64
2118

(Born Mas.)

Benjamin D. Greene

(Ap'd Me.)

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Born June 26, 1844, Southbridge, MA.a1

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1862, to June 18, 1866, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, June 18, 1866.

Served: as Asst. Engineer on Survey of the Northern Lakes, Oct. 1,

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Mar. 7, 1867)

1866, to May 5, 1869 (Engineer Recruiting Service, Dec. 11, 1868, to Apr. 26, 1869); as Assistant Engineer under the orders of Major Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Bowen, May 6, 1869, to Jan. 27, 1871 (leave of absence, Jan. 8 to Feb. 27, 1870), — of Major Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Wilson, Jan. 27 to May 1, 1871, — and of Major Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.McFarland, May 1, 1871, to June 4, 1872; at Willet's Point, N. Y., with Engineer Battalion, June 13, 1872, to Aug. 31, 1876, being on Recruiting Service, Aug. 6, 1872, and Battalion Quartermaster, Feb. 14, 1874, to Aug. 31, 1876 (leave of absence and absent sick, June 3‑30, July 3‑31, and Aug. 3 p65to Sep. 8, 1875); as Assistant Engineer on Survey of Union and Central Pacific Railway, Aug. 31 to Dec. 6, 1876; at Willet's Point, N. Y., with Battalion of Engineers, as Adjutant, Treasurer, and Signal Officer,

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, Oct. 16, 1877)

Dec. 6, 1876, to July 8, 1878; and as Assistant Engineer under the orders of Major Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Farquhar, July 12, 1878, to June 30, 1879, of Capt. Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Mackenzie, to Jan. 6, 1880, of Major Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Weitzel, to Feb. 26, 1881, and of Lieut.‑Colonel Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Gillmore, to Dec. 31, 1882.

Resigned, Dec. 31, 1882.

Civil History. — Unknown, nothing authentic having been received.

Vol. IV
p159
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Civil History. — Unknown.

Vol. V
p128
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Civil History. — Contractor engaged on government work. — Convicted of defrauding the government and serving sentence in the U. S. Penitentiary at Atlanta, Ga.b

Vol. VI
p116
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(Benjamin Dwight Greene, Born June –––––, 1844.)

Military History. —

Captain, Corps of Engineers, Oct. 16, 1877.

Resigned, Dec. 31, 1882.

Civil History. — Contractor engaged on government work; convicted of defrauding the government and served sentence in U. S. Penitentiary at Atlanta, Ga.; discharged, March 22, 1911.

Vol. VII
p81
[Supplement, Vol. VII: 1920‑1930]

Military History. —

Captain, Corps of Engineers, Oct. 16, 1877.

Resigned, Dec. 31, 1882.

Civil History. — Contractor engaged on government work; convicted of defrauding the government and served sentence in U. S. Penitentiary at Atlanta, Ga., discharged, March 22, 1911.

Vol. VIII
p40
[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Capt, C. E., Oct. 16, 1877.

Resigned, Dec. 31, 1882.

Vol. IX
p32
[Supplement, Vol. IX: 1940‑1950]

Military History: —

Capt CE 16 Oct 1877;

Resd 31 Dec 1882

Died Oct. 7, 1922, at Paris, France.a2


Thayer's Notes:

a1 a2 The Vol. IX Supplement is the first to mark Capt. Greene as dead, with its usual , but nowhere does the Register give the date or place of his death. Similarly, the birth data I give are not in the Register either, and there is no AOG obituary, of course: birth and death data are the result of my own websearches, and should not be blindly trusted. They are based on the following entry in Alumni of Bowdoin College, Sesquicentennial Edition, 1950, p121, Class of 1863:

Benjamin Dwight Greene A. B.; A. M. 1866; B. S. USMA 1866. b 26 Jun 1844 Southbridge, Mass. Capt. Engin. Corps USA. Civ. engin., Contr. New York, N. Y. Res. Paris, Fr. 1911‑(?). d. Peuc. [Peucinian Society], ΔKE.

From that lead, Capt. Greene can be identified with records at Ancestry.Com [more accurately, from teasers: I do not subscribe to that pay site] referring to a man by the same full name, having died in Paris on the date I give above. A portrait of his daughter Elizabeth may be seen at this New York Historical Society page, where his death date is also given as 1922. In both instances he is titled "Colonel".

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b This was the famous Gaynor-Greene conspiracy to defraud the United States of large sums of money in connection with harbor improvements at Savannah, by means of a fraudulent scheme devised by Benjamin D. Greene, John F. Gaynor, William T. Gaynor, and Edward H. Gaynor, together with fellow West Pointer Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Oberlin M. Carter (q.v.), who was actually serving as an Army officer at the time. The principals fled to Canada where the government refused to extradite them. The United States kidnapped them and put them on trial; they were convicted and served time for the fraud.


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