Emily James Smith Putnam

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Emily James Smith Putnam
Born Emily James Smith
(1865-04-15)April 15, 1865
Canandaigua, New York, U.S.A.
Died 1944 (aged 78–79)
Nationality American
Education Girton College, Cambridge University, 1889-90
Alma mater Bryn Mawr College, 1889
Known for author, educator
Spouse(s) George Haven Putnam (m. 1899)
Parent(s) James C. Smith

Emily James Smith Putnam (15 April 1865 – 1944) was an American classical scholar, author and educator.


She was the daughter of Justice James C. Smith. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1889 and studied at Girton College, Cambridge University, in 1889-90.

She was teacher of Greek at the Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn, in 1891-93. She was a fellow in Greek at the University of Chicago in 1893-94, and dean of Barnard College in 1894-1900. She was a trustee of Barnard College in 1900-05, and president of the League for Political Education (co-founded by her sister-in-law Mary Putnam Jacobi) In 1901-04. She was vice-president and manager of the Women's University Club, New York City, in 1907-11.

She married George Haven Putnam in 1899.[1]


  • Selections from Lucian (1891)
  • The Lady (1910)
  • Greek Religion (1913)