Portrait of Putnam Catlin
April 5, 1764
March 12, 1842
Great Bend, PA
Mary Sutton Catlin (June 2, 1789)
Putnam Catlin was born in Litchfield in 1764. He served as a drummer in the Revolutionary War. He was admitted to the bar in 1786 and migrated to Pennsylvania shortly after where he farmed. He married Polly Sutton Catlin in 1789 in Wilkes-Barre, PA. George Catlin was the fifth of their fourteen children.
"I am obliged to consider myself as a mere farmer, republican farmer, Beechwood farmer, without a hired man in this hurrying season of the year. How then am I to spare George and James? I admit that your reasoning is just in regard to George but I know not how to spare him at this time. I shall not be able to give him a public education. If he shall persist in the choice of law he will have to glean for himself an education in some law office, perhaps. I may indulge him a year at Litchfield, in the meantime, I will do better for him if it be in my power. Should my 'ship arrive from England' or should I make sale of some land I can spare he may be more favored."
Putnam Catlin to Steuben Butler, May 3, 1815
Collection of the Litchfield Historical Society
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