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The Thomas Putnam House in 2006. Danvers, Massachusetts.

Thomas Putnam (January 12, 1651/2 - May 24, 1699) was a both 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.

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 Good, 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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Thomas Putnam is the name of:

Thomas Putnam (1615-1686):   
Thomas Putnam, Jr. (1652-1699):   

Comparison

Person Birth Death Father Mother Spouse
Thomas Putnam (1615-1686) Aston Abbotts, Buckinghamshire, England Salem, Essex, Massachusetts John Putnam (1580-1662) Priscilla Gould (1585-1668) Ann Holyoke (1621-1665)
Thomas Putnam, Jr. (1652-1699) Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Thomas Putnam (1615-1686) Ann Holyoke (1621-1665) Ann Carr (1661-1699)
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