Putnam, Franklin

Putnam, Franklin a Presbyterian minister, was born in Marietta, O., July 22,1801. After receiving a good academical training, he entered Athens College, O., and graduated with honor in 1823. During the last year of his college course he was converted, and though up to this time the law had been the object of his studies, the Gospel now became his all-absorbing hope. He entered the Theological Seminary at Auburn, N.Y., and in 1826 was licensed by Oneida Presbytery, N. Y. In 1827 he returned to Ohio, and was appointed to labor as a missionary and evangelist to the feeble churches in Springfield, Urbana, and Buck Creek, O. Subsequently he accepted a call to Springfield Church, and was ordained and installed pastor by Dayton Presbvtery; here he labored for eighteen months, when he accepted a call to the Church in Dayton, O. In 1837, at the division in the Church, he resigned, and accepted a call to Circleville, O., where he continued to labor for over six years, when, by reason of paralysis of one half of his body, he resigned his charge, and removed to Delaware, O. Here, after devoted care on the part of his family, his health was restored, and he resumed preaching and ministered to the Church at Delaware, and subsequently at Tiffin, Greenville, and Republic. O., and Thorntown, Ind. He died at the latter place Oct. 11, 1859. Mr. Putnam was a logical thinker, and full of zeal for the cause of Christ; an excellent pastor, ever ready in sorrow to administer comfort and consolation. See Wilson, Presb. Hist. Almanac, 1861, p. 162. (J. L. S.)

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