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Putnam, Jacob, was born in Montgomery county, February 1, 1818. He was reared on a farm and drove horses on the canal. In 1842 he embarked in the lumber business at Three Mile Bay, which he conducted until 1860, and then went into the mercantile business, principally buying produce and so continued during the war, after which he was interested in building vessels on the river for several years. In 1876 he moved to Clayton and in 1884 went into banking. He was elected vice-president of the Exchange Bank, July 1, 1884, and held that office until December, 1896, when he became president. On June 3, 1843, Mr. Putnam married M. Louise Gunn of Erie, Pa., who died March 19, 1894, and their children are Henry A., De Forest, Jennie L. (Mrs. B. F. Kent), Cora M. (Mrs. Ailsworth). and M. Louise (Mrs. Joiner).

Our County and it's people
a descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1898