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Green, Samuel

Samuel Green, 1615–1702, early American printer. He established himself at Cambridge, Mass., in 1649, using a press owned by Henry Dunster, the first president of Harvard. Green succeeded Stephen Daye, who established the first printing plant in the colonies. The press that was sent to the colony in 1654 by the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in New England was given to Green. He used it to produce his most famous imprints, John Eliot's Indian tracts and the Indian Bible. His imprints number nearly 300, among them editions of the Bay Psalm Book and The Book of the General Lawes and Libertyes. Green continued in business until 1692, and was succeeded by his son Bartholomew Green (1666–1732), printer and publisher of the Boston News-Letter (1704–07 and 1711–32).

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