Governor John Hancock Appoints an Officer Who Saw Action at Bunker Hill and Saratoga During the Revolutionary War

Elijah Putnam fought in the battles of Bunker Hill, Saratoga, and others in the Revolutionary War, holding the rank of Captain. After the war, he moved to Lunningburg, Massachusetts, near Worcester, and later to Langdon, new Hampshire. There he was chosen to hold many town offices in Langdon; the town meetings were...

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Governor John Hancock Appoints an Officer Who Saw Action at Bunker Hill and Saratoga During the Revolutionary War

Elijah Putnam fought in the battles of Bunker Hill, Saratoga, and others in the Revolutionary War, holding the rank of Captain. After the war, he moved to Lunningburg, Massachusetts, near Worcester, and later to Langdon, new Hampshire. There he was chosen to hold many town offices in Langdon; the town meetings were held at his home from 1796-1805.

Document signed, during his second term as Governor of Massachusetts, Boston, September 20, 1790, naming “Elijah Putnam, Gentleman”, a “Captain for a company in the fourth Regiment, second Brigade and seventh Division of the militia of this Commonwealth comprehending the County of Worcester”. The document is countersigned by John Avery, Jr., Secretary of the Commonwealth.  Affixed to a light board.

A fairly uncommon Hancock military appointment, as most are civil.

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