McMillan, Putnam Dana
Age: 30, credited to Danville, VTVITALS
Birth: 08/26/1832, Freyburg, MEADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN
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McMILLAN, Putnam Dana, was born at Fryeburg, Maine. August 25, 1832. "Blood tells," they say, and Mr. McMillan certainly illustrates the saying by the sturdy way in which he has faced the storm and stress of life and mastered difficulties before which weaker spirits would have quailed. His great-grandfather on his father's side, Col. Andrew McMillan, of Scotch-Irish nativity, fought in the War of the Revolution, and his son John was a general in the war of 1812, the latter's son Andrew being the father of P. D. McMillan. The distinguished General Israel Putnam was Mr. McMillan's great-great grandfather on the mother's side, her father Col. Israel Putnam Dana, being a son of the Winchester Dana who married Hannah Putnam, daughter of the fighting general and hero of Horseneck Precipice and Pomfret Cave. Mr. McMillan's father was a graduate of West Point, a civil engineer and prominent in Vermont demoeratic politics, and a member of the legislature. The son received a common school and academy educational training and, for a few years, was a clerk in a country store, after which he went to California on a sailing vessel around Cape Horn and engaged in mercantile business and mining for several years, returning to Vermont and engaging in farming. Upon the breaking out of the Civil War he enlisted in the Fifteenth Regiment of Vermont Volunteers and served as quartermaster during its term of service, afterward going to Buenos Ayres, South America, where he settled as a sheep farmer on the Parana River, near Rosario. After several years of success, civil war broke out and played havoc with all peaceful vocations, bringing financial ruin to Mr. McMillan, aggravated by an epidemic of cholera which carried off his wife and four other members of his household. Crushed with grief, he return to the United States and located in Minneapolis, engaging in the real estate business in 1872, and making himself a public benefactor by his enterprise and public spirit.
Mr. McMillan is a member of the Rawlins Post, Grand Army of the Republic, and of the Loyal Legion and a member of the Congregational Church. In politics he is a life-long republican. His first wife, who died in South America, was Helen E. Davis, daughter of Hon. Bliss N. Davis, a prominent lawyer of Vermont. One child of this marriage, Emily Dana, survived the grievous catastrophe in South America. Mr. McMillan was married again to Kate Kittredge, daughter of Hon. Moses Kittredge. of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, and of the three children of this marriage two remain, Margaret and Putnam Dana.
Horace B. Hudson, A Half Century of Minneapolis, (Hudson Publishing Co., Minneapolis, 1908), p. 285