General Israel Putnam

If there was a rock-ribbed New Englander, a bold man of action among the founding fathers, it was General Israel Putnam. Unlike the political leaders, the Moses’ of America, “Old Put” was the Joshua, throwing himself headlong into the fight. Only five feet six inches tall but powerfully built, the only image of him, a Trumbull sketch, shows a bulldog look which reminds us of Winston Churchill. His taste for battle only reinforces that impression.