Putnam County, founded in 1854, is one of the 95 counties of the US state of Tennessee. In the year 2000 it had a population of 62,315 inhabitants with a population density of 60 people per km² The county seat is Cookeville. After its original formation in 1842 was declared unconstitutional, Putnam County was firmly established on February 11,1854 when Bill Richard Fielding Cooke, with amendments, declared it the House of Tennessee. Putnam County was once again a reality. The name is in honor of Israel Putnam, who was a hero in the French War and India and a general of the American Revolutionary War.