William Throckmorton Putnam


William Throckmorton Putnam attended St. Paul’s School from 1878 to 1884 and is a member of the Form of 1883.

The Autumn 1957 Alumni Horae (pg. 158) obituary provides this information about Putnam:

He was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of the Reverend Fernando C. Putnam and Ada Ann Putnam, and entered St. Paul’s in 1878. He was Treasurer of the Missionary Society, played football (a new sport at the School in those days), and was one of the best runners in the hare-and-hounds. He remained through the then post-graduate Sixth Form year, entered Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, in 1884, and received his degree there in 1888. For the next thirty-five years he lived at Lake Cushman, Oregon, where he operated the first summer resort in the State of Washington, and was appointed postmaster by President Cleveland. . . His affectionate interest in St. Paul’s School continued all his life.

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Kimball, Willis G. C. "William Throckmorton Putnam." St. Paul's School. Ohrstrom Library Digital Archives. Web. 11 Dec. 2018.

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7 responses to “William Throckmorton Putnam”

  1. Ann Gosch says:

    I’m quite certain this is my great grandfather!

  2. George B. Putnam says:

    To whom it may concern,
    My father, born in 1897, was named William Throckmorton Putnam, Jr. His father, of the same name, was born in 1866, but not the same man as pictured in the blog. I am curious as to who this man was, and why the unusual, but same names. Any information?

    • Lisa Laughy says:

      Hello George –

      Is it possible that this WTP was a cousin? It is not entirely uncommon for two brothers to name their sons after the same father. I will see if I can find out more about our WTP to see if we can sort it out. Thanks!

  3. Lisa Laughy says:

    George & Ann –

    I was able to find his obituary in the School alumni magazine – hope this additional information is helpful. Thanks!

  4. George B. Putnam says:

    After doing the “math,” and digging up some old photos of my grandfather, I am now convinced that the person in question (W.T. Putnam) is my grandfather. He died in 1957, when I was a teenager. Do you know where I might find some information about his father, Fernando Cortez Putnam? I do know that he was an Episcopal priest (pastor).

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