The New International Encyclopædia/Pütter, Johann Stephan
PÜTTER, pụt'tẽr, Johann Stephan (1725-1807). An eminent German jurist, born at Iserlohn. He studied at Magdeburg, Halle, and Jena, and after 1747 was professor of law at the University of Göttingen. He exerted great influence on the law institutions of his time, and some of his works, which are written with care and originality, are still valuable. His principal work is Historische Entwicklung der heutigen Staatsverfassung des Deutschen Reichs (1786-99); and his other writings include Vollständiges Handbuch der deutschen Reichshistorie (1762-72) and Elementa Juris Publici Germanici (1754).