Born in Oundle and apprenticed at Whitbread, Benjamin Greene initially founded a brewing business in 1801 with John Clark in Bury St Edmunds. Then in 1806 he dissolved that partnership and established a new venture with William Buck at the Westgate Brewery. It was this venture that became Greene King.
He acquired the Bury and Suffolk Herald in 1828 and as proprietor took an ultra-conservative position opposing both the Reform Bill and the Slavery Abolition Bill. This position attracted much criticism and three libel actions. He left Bury St Edmunds in 1836 and established with his son, Benjamin Greene & Son, West India merchants and shipowners, at 11 Mincing Lane, London.
He was married twice: first in 1803 to Mary Maling and then in 1805 to Catherine Smith with whom he went on to have seven sons and six daughters including:
- Benjamin Buck (1808 - 1902) of Midgham House in Berkshire, Governor of the Bank of England
- Mary (1812–1870)
- Edward (1815–1891), Conservative MP for Bury St Edmunds (1865-1885) and Stowmarket (1886–91); Took charge of running the brewery.
- William (1824 - 1881)
- Benjamin Greene at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
- The Theatre Royal Archived July 15, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
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