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