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George Gill Green (1842-1925), circa 1878

Promotional tag for George Gill Green's "Green's August Flower" and "Boschee's German Syrup" from 1904

George Gill Green (January 16, 1842 – February 26, 1925) was a patent medicine entrepreneur, and Union Colonel in the American Civil War.


George Gill Green was born in Clarksboro, East Greenwich Township, New Jersey, to Mary Ann (1820-1844) and Lewis M. Green (1818-1894). George Green's mother was from Pennsylvania, and his father worked as a butcher.


Green attended the University of Pennsylvania medical school for two years, but left in 1864 before he graduated. He enlisted in the 142nd Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment (active 1864-1865) during the American Civil War (1861-1865). In 1867 he started a wholesale drug business in Baltimore, Maryland but the factory was destroyed by a fire. He moved to Ohio, married Angie Brown, and they had their first child there.


Green bought the rights to "Green's August Flower" and "Dr. Boschee's German Syrup" from his father, Lewis M. Green (1818-1894), who sold the elixir under the name "L.M. Green". George created a marketing campaign involving mass mailings of free samples, and the distribution of thousands of his almanacs. Both elixirs were mostly laudanum. He became a millionaire and in 1880 he built Woodbury's Opera House. The family moved to Woodbury, New Jersey on November 23, Thanksgiving Day in 1872.


The Greens had a son, George Gill Green II (1883-1971), who was born on January 17, 1883 and died in January 1971.[1]


In 1893 Green acquired an uncompleted hotel in Pasadena, California, and in 1894 completed and opened it as Hotel Green in Southern California.

Green completed a summer home, "Kil Kare Castle," in 1895 at Lake Hopatcong in New Jersey.

In 1898 Green built an annex west of Hotel Green, the "Central Annex" building or "Castle Green" on the block across Raymond Avenue. "Castle Green" is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Pasadena, the California State Historic Landmark Register, and the City of Pasadena Register of City Treasures.


In 1903 Green added a third annex to the Hotel Green, known as the "Wooster Block."

His patent medicine business declined after the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906, and by 1916 his company's products were discontinued. George Gill Green died on February 26, 1925 in Woodbury, New Jersey.

Publications by Green

  • G.G. Green's Diary & Almanc — first produced in 1878, printed millions of copies each year, distributed all over the world, and produced until 1916.
  • George G. Green; Wit and Wisdom (pub. 1887)


  • 1842 Birth of George Gill Green on January 16, in Clarksboro, East Greenwich Township, New Jersey
  • 1864 Leaves the University of Pennsylvania before graduation.
  • 1867 Moved to Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1883 Birth of his son, George Gill Green II, on January 17
  • 1894 Death of his father, Lewis M. Green, on January 26
  • 1895 Completed his summer cottage, "Kil Kare Castle" on Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey.
  • 1893 Purchased and completed the main Hotel Green building, in Pasadena, California.
    • 1898 Built the "Central Annex" to Hotel Green, the "Castle Green"
    • 1903 Built the "Wooster Block" annex to Hotel Green
  • 1925 Death of George Gill Green on February 26

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Further reading

  • Karen Reeds; A State of Health: New Jersey's Medical Heritage; New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press (2001)
  • Encyclopedia of New Jersey

External links

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