Biography of Harvey W. Putnam


Putnam, Harvey W., Buffalo, was born in Havre, France, September 21, 1863, at which place his father, Hon. James O. Putnam, was then United States consul, and came with his father on his return to his home in Buffalo, N. Y., in 1867. Since then he has lived in Buffalo. He was educated in the High School and was a member of the class of 1883 at Williston Seminary, Mass. He studied law, and was admitted to practice in January, 1887. Mr. Putnam recently resigned the office of secretary of the Civil Service Commission of Buffalo, which office he held from March, 1888, to March, 1897. During his term of office he did. much towards developing the merit system in Buffalo. He was quartermaster of the 65th Regiment, N. G. N. Y., from June, 1888, to March, 1896. He represented the Thirtieth Senate District as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention in 1894. He was appointed commissioner of the New York State Board of Charities, as the representative of the Eighth Judicial District on that board by Governor Morton, in November, 1896, and was reappointed by Governor Black and confirmed by the Senate in February, 1897. He has practiced law in Buffalo since his admission to the bar.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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