Major General Nathanael Greene
Born at Forge Farm in Potowomut, a section of Warwick, Rhode Island on the 27th of July, 1742 (Old Style/Julian, now August 7 New Style/Gregorian), Nathanael Greene was named after his father, a farmer and businessman who served as a lay minister in The Society of Friends.
In spite of his strict Quaker upbringing, which limited the breadth of his early formal education, Greene became a self-taught student of military history and tactical maneuvers, a fortuitous endeavor which would serve both him and his country well during his years of military command in the Continental Army.
Perhaps it was his deep yearning for a freer, more well-rounded education that would ultimately lead Greene to become a driving force for establishing the first public schools to serve the children of the town of Coventry.
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