Israel Putnam

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War Hero
Date of Birth January 7, 1718
Place of Birth Salem, Massachusetts
Date of Death May 29, 1790 (72)
Horoscope Capricorn

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Israel Putnam

Israel Putnam, popularly known as "Old Put", was an American army general officer who fought with distinction at the Battle of Bunker Hill during the American Revolutionary War. He also served notably as an officer with Rogers' Rangers during the French and Indian War, when he was captured by Mohawk warriors. He was saved from the ritual burning given to enemies by the intervention of a French officer with whom the Mohawk were allied. Putnam's courage and fighting spirit became known far beyond Connecticut's borders through the circulation of folk legends in the American colonies and states celebrating his exploits.

Nickname(s): "Old Put"
Born: January 07, 1718, Danvers, Province of Massachusetts Bay, British America
Died: May 29, 1790, Brooklyn, Connecticut, United States
Buried at: Putnam Memorial, Brooklyn, Connecticut, U.S.
Service/branch: Continental Army (Connecticut Militia)
Rank: Major (G.B.), Major general (U.S.)
Battles/wars: French and Indian War, Pontiac's War, American Revolutionary War

About Israel Putnam

American Revolutionary War hero who became famous for his role in the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Before Fame

He fought in the French and Indian War and would have been burned alive were it not for the intervention of a French officer.


His nickname was "Old Put."

Family Life

He grew up in a prominent Massachusetts farming family, and his parents signed petitions to free accused witches during the famous Salem Witch Trials.


He and Paul Revere were both heroes of the American Revolution.

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  • Continental Army officers from Connecticut
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  • Burials in Connecticut
  • Continental Army generals
  • British military personnel of the French and Indian War
  • United States Army Rangers
  • People of colonial Connecticut
  • Military personnel from Connecticut
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