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Mary Traill Spence Putnam (Lowell)

Birthdate: (87)
Birthplace: Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Death: June 1, 1898 (87)
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Rev. Charles Russell Lowell, Sr. and Harriet B. Lowell (Spence)
Wife of Samuel Raymond Putnam
Mother of Alfred Lowell Putnam; Georgina Lowell Putnam; Lt. William Lowell Putnam, USA and Charles Lowell Putnam
Sister of Charles Russell Lowell, Jr.; Rebecca Russell Lowell; William Keith Lowell; James Russell Lowell and Robert Traill Spence Lowell, Sr.

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About Mary Traill Spence Putnam

Mary Traill Spence Lowell Putnam was a United States author.

She was a sister of James Russell Lowell, and their father, the Rev. Charles Lowell, was pastor of a Unitarian church from 1806 until he died in 1861. She had an aptitude for acquiring languages: she was eventually fluent in French, Italian, German, Polish, Swedish and Hungarian, and familiar with many other languages. She married Samuel R. Putnam in 1832 and later traveled abroad for several years.

Putnam's literary work was confined to magazine writing until 1844, when she translated from the Swedish Fredrika Bremer's The Handmaid. She contributed to the North American Review articles on Polish and Hungarian literature (1848–50), and to the Christian Examiner on the history of Hungary (1850–51). Her name became widely known when she became involved in a controversy with Francis Bowen, editor of the North American Review, regarding the war in Hungary. Bowen attacked the Hungarian revolutionists, whom she upheld.

Works; History of the Constitution of Hungary, published the year before the 1851 visit of Louis Kossuth to the United States (1850) Record of an Obscure Man, a novel, published anonymously (1861) The Tragedy of Errors and The Tragedy of Success, a dramatic poem in two parts on slavery in the southern United States (1862) Memoir of William Lowell Putnam, on her son (1840-1861), who died at Ball's Bluff in the Civil War (1862) Fifteen Days (1866) Memoir of Charles Lowell, her father (1885)

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Mary Traill Spence Putnam's Timeline

December 3, 1810
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
March 13, 1833
Age 22
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
October 21, 1835
Age 24
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
July 9, 1840
Age 29
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
January 29, 1845
Age 34
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
June 1, 1898
Age 87
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States