JOSEPH C. GEEENE, M.D., eldest son of Stephen S. Greene, was born in Lincoln, Vt., July 31, 1829, and was educated at a boarding school at Nine Partners, Dutchess County, N. Y., and Barre, Vt., Academy. He studied medicine under Dr. Hugh Taggart, at Hinesburg, Vt., attended Woodstock and Castleton Medical Colleges, and in 1855 graduated from the Albany Medical College, later taking a polyclinic course in New York. Returning to Vermont in 1856, he practiced for seven years at Charlotte, later coming to Buffalo, where he built up a large practice. In 1873 and 1874 he was District Physician to the Buffalo Board of Health, and in 1885 he was elected to the Board of Aldermen. His interest in the cause of education led to his appointment as Chairman of the Committee on Schools, whereby he became ex-officio the head of the Buffalo School Department. His course as a municipal legislator was marked by soundness of judgment and close attention to duty.
Dr. Greene was President of the fourth branch of the New York State Medical Association; President of the Erie County Medical Society; permanent member of the New York State Medical Society; President of the Buffalo Medical Union; President of the Buffalo Historical Society, and a member of the American Medical Association, the American Microscopical Society, the American Society for the Advancement of Science and the Buffalo Microscopical Club. He was a Knight Templar, a Mason of the 32d degree, Scottish Rite, and a member of the Acacia Club. He was deeply interested in the Young Men's Association and was a member of its Building Committee.
In 1888-89 Dr. Greene made a tour of the world, and on his return presented a valuable collection of Oriental antiquities to the Buffalo Historical Society.
Dr. Greene married September 21, 1856, Juliette Taggert, daughter of William and Ann Taggert of Vermont. Mrs. Greene died in Buffalo October 15, 1882. Their children were: Dewitt C. Greene, M.D., Anna Adelaide, who married Edward Andrews, and Julia Delphine, who married Frederick Bush Willard, M.D. November 26, 1891, Dr. Greene married his second wife, Mary Burrows Smith of Albion, N. Y.
Dr. Greene was an able physician, possessed of remarkable skill in diagnosis, and was also a man of broad views, scholarly tastes and liberal culture.
SOURCE: Memorial and Family History of Erie County New York; Volume I