Biography of Dr. Israel Putman
Sagadahoc County, Maine Biographies





Dr. Israel Putman* was born in Sutton, Mass., December 25, 1805, and was the son of Israel and Hannah (Le Barron) Putman. His father was a cousin and intimate friend of Major General Israel Putman. He graduated at Brown University and Bowdoin Medical School, commenced practice in Wales, Me., and removed to Bath in 1835, where he attained an extensive practice in his profession and became actively connected with municipal affairs. He was chairman of the town council, and after the formation of the city government was chosen mayor, holding the office from 1859 to 1865, and again in 1867. During this official period he won very marked approval for his administration, especially during the very arduous years of the war. Other municipal positions which he held were more or less connected with his profession. His character, alike as a physician, a magistrate, and a citizen, commanded universal confidence and high respect. Doctor Putman was an offhand man in everything he said or did, bluff in his ways, but withal genial, outspoken, and honest. He was well read and a physician by nature. His generous disposition forbade him from collecting his just fees from those whom it would distress to pay him, and he was liberal to the poor almost to a fault. His death occurred June 30, 1876, aged 70 years and 6 months. The manner in which he first acquired practice is, perhaps, worth relating. Doctor Prescott had become of that age when he did not care to answer calls at night. The old doctor owned what was then a fine dwelling, now standing on the southwestern corner of Washington street and the railroad track. He found confidence in the young man, and one day he said to him, "You buy my house and I will turn over to you my night practice; when there is a call at my door I will put my head out of the window and say that I cannot go, but if you will call Doctor Putman he will do just as well." The house and practice were at once secured by the young doctor.

His sons are William L. Putnam*, judge of the United States Circuit Court; Edwin Putnam, who entered the united States Navy when twenty one years of age, going into service in the War of the Rebellion, joining the Nahant, one of the iron clads that was immediately engaged in the terrific and successful bombardment of the forts in Charleston harbor, served through the war and since, and is paymaster inspector on active duty.


* Both spellings Putnam and Putman are used in the book this is from.



From:
History of Bath and Environs,
Sagadahoc County, Maine.
1607-1894
BY: Parker McCobb Reed
Lakeside Press, Printers
Portland, Maine, 1894


Privacy Policy for OnlineBiographies

NAVIGATION

Sagadahoc County, ME
Biographies

Maine
Biographies

Online
Biographies

New York
Histories

New York
Biographies

Maine
Histories

Pennsylvania
Histories

Pennsylvania
Biographies

For all your genealogy needs visit Linkpendium

Family Tree Maker 2012