Putnam, George Haven

Putnam, George Haven,

1844–1930, American publisher, b. England; son of G. P. PutnamPutnam, George Palmer,
1814–72, American publisher, b. Brunswick, Maine; grandnephew of Israel Putnam. A member of the New York City bookselling firm of Wiley and Putnam, he established a branch in London in 1841. He later returned to New York to found (1848) G. P.
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. He served in the Civil War until he was captured by the Confederates in 1864; he retired with the rank of major. On his father's death he became head of G. P. Putnam's Sons. Major Putnam was active in many civic and social causes. He organized the American Publishers' Copyright League in 1887 and led the successful battle for passage of an international copyright law in 1891. Among his many books are Books and Their Makers during the Middle Ages (2 vol., 1896–97), Memories of My Youth (1914), Memories of a Publisher (1915), and Some Memories of the Civil War (1924).
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Putnam, George Haven

(1844–1930) publisher, writer; born in London, England. Emigrating as a child, he capably succeeded his father, George Palmer Putnam, as president of G. P. Putnam & Son in 1872. In 1896 he organized the International Copyright League to lobby for copyright legislation. His own writings included several volumes on the Civil War and a popular children's book, The Little Gingerbread Man (1910).
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