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Charles Samuel Putnam

June 24, 1796
February 14, 1837
Home Town:
New Brunswick Canada
Later Residences:
Worcester, MA
Eleanor Millidge Putnam (unknown)
Biographical Notes:
Charles Samuel Putnam was the grandson of James Putnam, a prominent Worcester lawyer who trained John Adams for more than two years. His parents were Ebeneezer and Elizabeth (Chandler) Putnam. His father had been a loyalist who had moved to New Brunswick, Canada in 1776 to escape the Revolution. When his father died in 1798, his mother returned to Worcester, MA and resided with her sister-in-law Mrs. Staunton.

After receiving his master's degree, Putnam then went to Canada where he worked as a lawyer at St. John and Frederickton, New Brunswick. He and his wife had three children. Putnam later died in Frederickton, New Brunswick, Canada.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
He graduated from Harvard College in 1814 and received his Masters Degree from Harvard in 1817.

Profession / Service
Training with Other Lawyers:
He read the law in the office of the Gov. Lincoln in Worcester, MA.

help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1814, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), 13.

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