Book, The Complete Arithmetic Oral and Written


Benjamin Greenleaf (1786-1864) was born in New Hampshire and attended Dartmouth College, graduating in the class of 1813. He was receptor of Bradford Academy in Massachusetts from 1814 to 1836, a, Massachusetts state legislator (1837-1839) and then, when this particular edition of his book was published, principal of the Bradford Teacher’s Seminary. Greenleaf’s The National Arithmetic first appeared in Boston in 1836 (copyright 1835) and had numerous subsequent editions well into the twentieth century. He also published textbooks on algebra and on geometry and trigonometry.

A faint mark opposite the inside of the cover reads: Alfred Brewster (/) Chatsworth (/) Aug 28th 1855.. . .

For a later edition of this work, as revised by Henry Bartlett Maglathlin, see 1982.3001.07.


“Benjamin Greenleaft,” The Essex Antiquarian vol. 4 #4, April, 1990, pp. 55-56.

Louis C. Karpinski, A Listing of Mathematical Works Published in America through1850, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1940, pp. 388-390.

Date Made: 1874

Author: Fish, Daniel W.Publisher: Ivison, Blakeman, Taylor & Co.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New York City

Subject: MathematicsEducation


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Credit Line: Gift of Arthur Skebeck

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1982.3001.06Catalog Number: 1982.3001.06Nonaccession Number: 1982.3001

Object Name: Book

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: average spatial: 2 cm x 12 cm x 12 cm; 25/32 in x 4 23/32 in x 4 23/32 in


Record Id: nmah_1075705

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