William LeBaron Putnam

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William LeBaron Putnam
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
In office
March 17, 1892 – September 17, 1917
Appointed by Benjamin Harrison
Preceded by Seat established
Succeeded by Charles Fletcher Johnson
Judge of the United States Circuit Court for the First Circuit
In office
March 17, 1892 – December 31, 1911
Appointed by Benjamin Harrison
Preceded by Seat established
Succeeded by Court abolished
Personal details
Born (1835-05-26)May 26, 1835
Bath, Maine
Died February 5, 1918(1918-02-05) (aged 82)
Portland, Maine
Education Bowdoin College (A.B.)

William LeBaron Putnam (May 26, 1835 – February 5, 1918) was a lawyer and politician in Maine and later served as a United States federal judge.

Born in Bath, Maine, Putnam received an A.B. from Bowdoin College in 1855, where he was a member of the Peucinian Society.[1] He read law in 1858 to be admitted to the Maine Bar. He worked as a lawyer in private practice in Portland, Maine from 1858 to 1891. Putnam served as a city council member in Portland in 1860-61, a member of the board of aldermen in 1862, and as Mayor of Portland in 1869-70. In 1888, he was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for both United States Representative from Maine and Governor of Maine.

On December 16, 1891, President Benjamin Harrison nominated Putnam to be the first judge of the newly established United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, created by 26 Stat. 826 and headquartered in Boston. Putnam was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 17, 1892, and received commission the same day. He served as a judge until retiring on September 17, 1917, and died the following year.

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Preceded by
new seat
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
1892–1917
Succeeded by
Charles Fletcher Johnson