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CPT George Haven Putnam

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CPT George Haven Putnam

Birth
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Death
27 Feb 1930 (aged 85)
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial
Middle Village, Queens County, New York, USA
Plot
Contact Columbarium for Niche/Disposition
Memorial ID
118324412 View Source

Maj. George Haven Putnam was the publisher and president of G. P. Putnam Sons. He died on Feb. 27, 1930 of pernicious anemia. He was an author, orator and publicist.

He was a veteran of the Civil War, serving with the 176th New York Volunteers. He enlisted as a private and attained the rank of Major. During the winter of 1864-1865, he was held as a prisoner in the Libby and Danville Confederate prisons.

Maj. Putnam was born in England on April 2, 1844, the son of George Palmer Putnam and Victorine Haven Putnam. He came to this country when very young.

He was active in various clubs and societies. He also aided in the establishment of the international copyright system.

He is survived by his wife, Emily James Putnam, son Palmer C. Putnam, four daughters, and three brothers.

For the full obituary, see
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle
27 Feb 1930, Thu, Page 3
The eldest son of publisher George Palmer Putnam and Victorine Haven Putnam, he was born in London, UK where his father had been living since 1841 while establishing a branch office for his New York City publishing company, Wiley & Putnam. In 1848 the family returned to the United States, settling at Stapleton, New York, on Staten Island. Haven's early instruction was at home by his mother and nurse. He was prepared for college, first, by the Rev. Dr. Stephen H. Tyng, who had a class of boys at St. George's Church, of which Dr. Tyng was rector and his son, Stephen H. Tyng, Jr., instructor of a company of cadets. Haven next entered Starr's Military Academy, Yonkers, New York. In 1857 he attended Prof. John MacMullen's school in upper New York and the Columbia Grammar School conducted by Dr. Anthon after 1859.

He matriculated at Columbia College in 1861, but the condition of his eyes led his father to send him abroad to consult oculists in Paris and Berlin. In Berlin, Putnam placed himself under the care of Baron von Graefe, then the leading oculist of Europe. As his sight improved, he attended courses of lectures at the Sorbonne, Paris, devoted to French literature and the literature and history of Rome. At the advice of Baron von Graefe, he discontinued lectures after reaching Berlin and sought open-air environments as necessary to complete his treatment. He visited Bayard Taylor at Gotha and en route visited the galleries at Dresden, tramped through Saxony, Switzerland, studied Bohemian life at Prague, passed through the Black Forest region, saw the toymakers of Nuremberg, continued the tramp through the pleasant region of the Thüringerwald and finally reached Göttingen, where he took up his studies at the University of Göttingen. However, with the outbreak of the American Civil War he left the university without graduating to return home to serve in the Union Army.

Captured after the Battle of Cedar Creek near Middletown, Virginia, George H. Putnam was held for a short time at the notorious Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia before being transferred to Danville where he was held until March 1865 when he was returned to the Union forces as part of a prisoner exchange. He attained the rank of major of volunteers. At the war's end, Major Putnam joined his father's publishing business, "G. Putnam Broadway." He was also appointed deputy collector of internal revenue. Years later, following the 1911 marking of the 50th anniversary of the outbreak of the war, in 1912 George H. Putnam published an account of his experiences titled "A Prisoner of War in Virginia - An Experience in Virginia Prisons During the Last Winter of the War."

On his father's death in 1872, George H. Putnam took over the business with his brothers John Bishop and Irving, renaming it G. P. Putnam's Sons. He was made president of the firm, a position he held for the next fifty-two years. In 1884, he hired 26-year-old Theodore Roosevelt as a special partner; Roosevelt would write several works published by Putnam.

Like his father, Putnam was active in numerous civic, social, and business causes. He served on the executive committees of the Civil-Service Reform Association, the Free-Trade League and the Reform Club, and was a founding member of the City Club of New York. He also aggressively continued with his father's work on copyright protection for authors. In 1887, he helped organize the American Publishers' Copyright League that led a successful campaign resulting in the 1891 passage of an international copyright protection law.

He retired in 1924, formally turning the presidency of G. P. Putnam's Sons over to his son, Palmer C. Putnam. He died in 1930, aged 85.

Putnam was first married to Rebecca Kettel Shepard (m. 7 Jul 1869 in Dorchester, Norfolk County, Massachusetts), who died of typhoid fever in 1895. They had five daughters: Dorothy Lesley, Ellen, Ethel Frothingham, Bertha Haven and Corinna Haven. Bertha went on to become a noted medieval historian, and Corinna became the wife of Joseph Lindon Smith, painter of Egyptian archaeological discoveries.

Putnam married his second wife, the classical scholar Emily James Smith in 1899. A son of this marriage was wind power pioneer, Palmer Cosslett Putnam.

Maj. George Haven Putnam was the publisher and president of G. P. Putnam Sons. He died on Feb. 27, 1930 of pernicious anemia. He was an author, orator and publicist.

He was a veteran of the Civil War, serving with the 176th New York Volunteers. He enlisted as a private and attained the rank of Major. During the winter of 1864-1865, he was held as a prisoner in the Libby and Danville Confederate prisons.

Maj. Putnam was born in England on April 2, 1844, the son of George Palmer Putnam and Victorine Haven Putnam. He came to this country when very young.

He was active in various clubs and societies. He also aided in the establishment of the international copyright system.

He is survived by his wife, Emily James Putnam, son Palmer C. Putnam, four daughters, and three brothers.

For the full obituary, see
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle
27 Feb 1930, Thu, Page 3
The eldest son of publisher George Palmer Putnam and Victorine Haven Putnam, he was born in London, UK where his father had been living since 1841 while establishing a branch office for his New York City publishing company, Wiley & Putnam. In 1848 the family returned to the United States, settling at Stapleton, New York, on Staten Island. Haven's early instruction was at home by his mother and nurse. He was prepared for college, first, by the Rev. Dr. Stephen H. Tyng, who had a class of boys at St. George's Church, of which Dr. Tyng was rector and his son, Stephen H. Tyng, Jr., instructor of a company of cadets. Haven next entered Starr's Military Academy, Yonkers, New York. In 1857 he attended Prof. John MacMullen's school in upper New York and the Columbia Grammar School conducted by Dr. Anthon after 1859.

He matriculated at Columbia College in 1861, but the condition of his eyes led his father to send him abroad to consult oculists in Paris and Berlin. In Berlin, Putnam placed himself under the care of Baron von Graefe, then the leading oculist of Europe. As his sight improved, he attended courses of lectures at the Sorbonne, Paris, devoted to French literature and the literature and history of Rome. At the advice of Baron von Graefe, he discontinued lectures after reaching Berlin and sought open-air environments as necessary to complete his treatment. He visited Bayard Taylor at Gotha and en route visited the galleries at Dresden, tramped through Saxony, Switzerland, studied Bohemian life at Prague, passed through the Black Forest region, saw the toymakers of Nuremberg, continued the tramp through the pleasant region of the Thüringerwald and finally reached Göttingen, where he took up his studies at the University of Göttingen. However, with the outbreak of the American Civil War he left the university without graduating to return home to serve in the Union Army.

Captured after the Battle of Cedar Creek near Middletown, Virginia, George H. Putnam was held for a short time at the notorious Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia before being transferred to Danville where he was held until March 1865 when he was returned to the Union forces as part of a prisoner exchange. He attained the rank of major of volunteers. At the war's end, Major Putnam joined his father's publishing business, "G. Putnam Broadway." He was also appointed deputy collector of internal revenue. Years later, following the 1911 marking of the 50th anniversary of the outbreak of the war, in 1912 George H. Putnam published an account of his experiences titled "A Prisoner of War in Virginia - An Experience in Virginia Prisons During the Last Winter of the War."

On his father's death in 1872, George H. Putnam took over the business with his brothers John Bishop and Irving, renaming it G. P. Putnam's Sons. He was made president of the firm, a position he held for the next fifty-two years. In 1884, he hired 26-year-old Theodore Roosevelt as a special partner; Roosevelt would write several works published by Putnam.

Like his father, Putnam was active in numerous civic, social, and business causes. He served on the executive committees of the Civil-Service Reform Association, the Free-Trade League and the Reform Club, and was a founding member of the City Club of New York. He also aggressively continued with his father's work on copyright protection for authors. In 1887, he helped organize the American Publishers' Copyright League that led a successful campaign resulting in the 1891 passage of an international copyright protection law.

He retired in 1924, formally turning the presidency of G. P. Putnam's Sons over to his son, Palmer C. Putnam. He died in 1930, aged 85.

Putnam was first married to Rebecca Kettel Shepard (m. 7 Jul 1869 in Dorchester, Norfolk County, Massachusetts), who died of typhoid fever in 1895. They had five daughters: Dorothy Lesley, Ellen, Ethel Frothingham, Bertha Haven and Corinna Haven. Bertha went on to become a noted medieval historian, and Corinna became the wife of Joseph Lindon Smith, painter of Egyptian archaeological discoveries.

Putnam married his second wife, the classical scholar Emily James Smith in 1899. A son of this marriage was wind power pioneer, Palmer Cosslett Putnam.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 118324412
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