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John Paterson

John Paterson, American army officer, congressman, landowner. member court martial which tried Major Andre; member of New York State Assembly, 1792-1793; member of New York Constitutional Convention from Broome County, 1801; member United States House of Representatives from New York, 8th Congress, 1803-1805.

Background

  • Paterson, John was born in 1744 in Newington Parish, Wethersfield, Connecticut, United States. Son of John and Ruth (Bird) Paterson.

  • Education

    • Graduated from Yale, 1762.

    Career

    • Practiced law in Connecticut. Moved to Lenox, Massachusetts, 1774. Elected member Berkshire County Convention which adopted “Solemn League and Covenant” (boycotting Englishmade products), 1774.

      Representative from Lenox to 1st, 2d Massachusetts provincial congresses, 1774, 75. Raised a regiment Massachusetts Militia, 1775, commissioned colonel, 1775. Commissioned colonel 15th Infantry, Continental Army, 1776.

      Served in rear position at Battle of Bunker Hill. Ordered to relief of America troops in Canada, on retreat through Crown Point and Ticonderoga, served in battles of Trenton and Princeton. Commissioned brigadier general, 1777.

      Participated in capture of General Burgoyne at Battle of Saratoga. Wintered at Valley Forge, 1777-1778. Served in Battle of Monmouth.

      Member court martial which tried Major Andre. Brevetted major general, 1783. Commander Massachusetts Militia in suppression of Shays’ Rebellion, 1787.

      Moved to Lisle (now Whitneys Point), Broome County, New York, 1790, an owner land company with extensive holdings in New York State. Member of New York State Assembly, 1792-1793. Member of New York Constitutional Convention from Broome County, 1801.

      Member United States House of Representatives from New York, 8th Congress, 1803-1805. Appointed judge Broome and Tioga counties (New York), 1798, 1807. An organizer Society of Cincinnati, Ohio Co.

    Membership

    Member court martial which tried Major Andre. Member of New York State Assembly, 1792-1793. Member of New York Constitutional Convention from Broome County, 1801.

    Member United States House of Representatives from New York, 8th Congress, 1803-1805.

    Connections

    • Married Elizabeth Lee, June 2, 1766.
    • father: John Paterson
    • mother: Ruth (Bird) Paterson
    • spouse: Elizabeth Lee
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    Born 1744
    Died July 19, 1808
    (aged 64)
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