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December 12 in freethought history…

December 12, 1896 – Freethought activists and lecturers Samuel Porter Putnam and May Collins are found dead in her hotel room in Boston, apparently of gaslight asphyxiation. Both were found on the floor, fully clothed. Putnam was president of the American … Continue reading

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July 23 in freethought history…

July 23, 1838 – Samuel Porter Putnam is born in Chichester, New Hampshire. After graduating from Dartmouth and serving the Union in the American Civil War, Putnam attended seminary, became a Congregationalist minister, then a Unitarian minister before finally renouncing … Continue reading

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