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Putnam, George Palmer, 1814-1872



  • Existence: 1814 - 1872

George Palmer Putnam was born on February 7, 1814 in Brunswick, Maine. He was a book publisher who founded "Putnam Magazine" in 1852, and the official publisher to the 1853 New York World's Fair. During the American Civil War, he participated in the Loyal Publication Society of New York, and suspended his business for three years (1863–1866) to become the United States government's Collector of Internal Revenue in New York City. An important member of the New York artistic community, Putnam was the leading publisher of art books in his time and became one of the founders of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and served as honorary superintendent in 1872. Putnam died on December 20, 1872.

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George Palmer correspondence

Identifier: MS-117
Overview George Palmer Putnam (1814-1872), The collection contains correspondence related to the First Battle of Bull Run, the Rebellion record and letters regarding the exchange of Putnam's son, held in Confederate prison camp. Correspondents include Henry H. Tilley, Oliver Otis Howard, Henry Holt, William Hemsley Emery , Tench Tilghman, and Ethan Allen Hitchcock. A Letter of Mary C. Putnam regarding relief supplies for prisoners and the commission appointing her a teacher of freed slaves at...