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Thomas Putnam, Jr.

Birthplace: Salem Village, Essex, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Salem Village, Essex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Lt. Thomas Putnam and Ann Stockton Putnam
Husband of Ann Putnam and Ann Putnam, Sr.
Father of Seth Putnam; Ann Putnam, Jr. ("Salem Witch Trial" accuser); Thomas Putnam; Elizabeth Putnam; Ebenezer Putnam and 8 others
Brother of Ann Lynn Holyoke Trask; Sarah Putnam; Mary Putnam; Thereda Putnam; Edward Putnam, (DEA) and 5 others
Half brother of Joseph Putnam

Occupation: Sgt. Indian Wars, Mass. Horse Troops
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About Thos. Putnam, organized Salem Witch Trials

Thomas Putnam (January 12, 1651/2 - May 24, 1699) was a real person ([1]) in the Salem witch trials, and is a character in the play, The Crucible by Arthur Miller. He was the son of Lt. Thomas Putnam (1615-1686) and Ann Holyoke (1621-1665). He was also a nephew of Elizur Holyoke and great uncle of General Israel Putnam.

Some historians have speculated that her parents, Thomas and Ann (Carr), Sr., coerced Putnam to accuse those they were feuding with or sought revenge on. Many of the accused had some sort of relationship with the powerful Putnam family.

Thomas was the husband to Ann Carr, and father of Ann Putnam, Jr. (In the Crucible, her name is Ruth Putnam) Together they blame Goody Osbourn, the midwife of Salem, for killing the seven babies that Goody Putnam had many years ago. Not only do they blame her, but they blame many of the wealthier and well respected citizens of Salem during the time. Unfortunately, their accusations are not booed down, but actually believed, because of the climate of fear and hysteria. In one of the most dramatic scenes in The Crucible, Giles Corey accuses Putnam of killing his neighbors for their land, so Danforth calls Putnam in to the court. Putnam denies the charge.

Minutes later Corey rushes at Putnam and tries to tear him limb from limb.

Putnam owns much of the land, and money. He is respective of the church, and is close to Reverend Parris. That does not stop him from subtly manipulating Parris. Putnam has often been viewed as unscrupulous and amoral, but his subtle machinations are often overlooked. He leads Parris by the nose to the conclusions he wants to hear, and faces down John Proctor, a man not lightly intimidated.

Putnam and his wife Ann act as a group in The Crucible, particularly in Act I, where they allow their fears and demands to override Parris' inherently weak personality.

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Thos. Putnam, organized Salem Witch Trials's Timeline

April 16, 1652
Salem, MA, USA
April 16, 1652
Salem Village, Essex, Massachusetts
April 16, 1652
Salem Village, Essex, Massachusetts
April 16, 1652
Salem Village, Essex, Massachusetts
April 16, 1652
December 1, 1652
Salem Village, Essex, Massachusetts
October 18, 1679
Age 26
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
February 9, 1681
Age 28
Salem Village, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
May 29, 1683
Age 30
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts