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Putnam, Israel

Born: 1718 AD
Died: 1790 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: General, Military Officer

1718 – Born on January 7th in Danvers, Massachusetts. An American Revolutionary War general.

1775-1758 – Putnam took an active part in the French and Indian War, enlisting as a private and rising to the rank of major in March. He was conspicuous for personal courage and for skill in Indian warfare, and was the hero of numerous exploits.

1766 – He was a prominent member of the Sons of Liberty and a leader in the opposition to the Stamp Act.

         – He was elected to the general assembly of Connecticut.

         – He increased his political influence by opening a tavern, "The General Wolfe", in Brooklyn.

1778-1779 – He commanded the troops quartered near Redding, CT, where Putnam Memorial Park now is. In May he took command of the right wing on the west side of the Hudson.

         – An attack of paralysis terminated his active service in the war.

1790 – Died on May 29th in Brooklyn, Connecticut.