The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Putnam, George Haven
PUTNAM, George Haven, American publisher and author, son of G. P. Putnam (q.v.): b. London, England, 2 April 1844. He was educated in New York, Paris and Göttingen, leaving the university at the latter place to enter the Union army as a volunteer in 1862. He served through the war, was a prisoner at Libby in the winter of 1864-65, and attained rank as major of volunteers. He is head of the firm G. P. Putnam's Sons, was a leader in reorganizing the American Copyright League in 1887 and was instrumental in securing the passage of the copyright bill in 1891. He has published ‘Authors and Publishers’ (1883); ‘The Artificial Mother’ (1894); ‘Books and their Makers in the Middle Ages’ (1896); ‘The Censorship of the Church’ (1906); ‘Abraham Lincoln’ (1909); ‘Memories of a Publisher’ (1915).