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<p>Israel Putnam was a political and military leader during and after the American Revolution. </p>
<p>He was born on January 7, 1718, in what is now Danvers, Massachusetts. In 1740, he moved to Pomfret, Connecticut, hoping to acquire land. Over the next thirty years, he became a successful farmer and also opened a tavern. He participated in the French and Indian War and was recognized for his bravery. In 1756, he became a captain in the Connecticut militia and, in 1758, was promoted to major. During the war, Native Americans he was captured himby the Kahnawake people. The natives Kahnawake wanted to burn Putnam at the stake, but the last minute intervention of a French officer saved Putnam's life.</p>
<p>Putnam played an important role in the disagreements between the British government and its colonies in the New World. These conflicts eventually led to the American Revolution. Known for his opposition to British taxes, Putnam won election to the Connecticut General Assembly in 1766. Around this same time, he also helped establish Connecticut's Sons of Liberty. This organization actively campaigned against the lack of colonial representation in the British government.</p>
<p>With the outbreak of the American Revolution in 1775, Putnam joined the Continental Army. Due to his previous military experience, Putnam was made a colonel in the army. He eventually resigned from this position to become the head of the Connecticut militia with the rank of brigadier-general. He played a major role at the Battle of Bunker (Breed's) Hill and was in charge of the troops guarding New York City before being replaced by George Washington. Putnam spent the remainder of his service in the military in minor positions. In 1779, he suffered a stroke, which left him partially paralyzed and forced him to retire from military duty. Putnam died on May 29, 1790, in Brooklyn, Connecticut.</p>