PUTNAM, JOHN ABRAM BRYANT
PUTNAM, JOHN ABRAM BRYANT (1839–1895). John Abram Bryant Putnam, also listed as Putman, lawyer, Confederate soldier, state representative, and judge, was born in Illinois, on December 29, 1839. Putnam immigrated to Texas with his family in the 1840s, settling at Old Tarrant, Hopkins County. Putnam was raised in Hopkins County and, upon reaching adulthood in 1857, established himself there at Sulphur Springs. He read law during this period, but was forced to postpone his studies by the outbreak of the Civil War. During this conflict he served with the Twenty-third Texas Cavalry Regiment. Following the war Putnam resumed his studies, gaining admission to the bar at Tarrant County in 1866. He returned to Sulphur Springs where he assumed a leading role in state and local affairs. Putnam served as the first county judge for Delta County, established in July 1870. That same year he won election as representative for Hopkins County to the Twelfth Texas Legislature. He later served two terms as district judge for Hopkins County. In addition, he retained a private practice during the 1880s as a partner in the Sulphur Springs firm of Hunter, Putnam, & Crawford, and in 1889 he was an inaugural member of the board of directors of City National Bank. This bank is Sulphur Springs' oldest financial institution and the subject of a Texas Historical Marker. He was a master Mason and, though not affiliated with a particular faith, occasionally taught Sunday school at the community's Methodist Church. Putnam died at his home in Sulphur Springs on January 4, 1895.
H. L. Bentley and Thomas Pilgrim, Texas Legal Directory for 1876–1877 (Austin: Democratic Statesman Office, 1877). Hopkins County TxGenWeb, "Historical Markers" (http://www.rootsweb.com/~txhopkin/), accessed June 7, 2007. "Towns of Hopkins County TX in 1884–1885" (http://gen.1starnet.com/hopkins/), accessed June 7, 2007. June E. Tuck, Hopkins County Obituaries Prior 1939, Volume I (Sulphur Springs, Texas: June E. Tuck, 1995).
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Aragorn Storm Miller, "PUTNAM, JOHN ABRAM BRYANT," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fpu29), accessed February 10, 2016. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Get Texas history everyday,
with day by day
Each day's email tells a little bit more of the story of Texas and links to our collection of more than 27,000 articles