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James Willis Patterson

James Willis Patterson, American senator, educator. member N.H. House of Representatives (Republican), 1862, 77-78; member United States House of Representatives from N.H., 38th-39th congresses, 1863-1867; member United States Senate from N.H., 1867-1873, recommended for expulsion by Senate investigating committee because of involvement in Credit Mobilier scandal.

Background

  • Patterson, James Willis was born on July 2, 1823 in Henniker, New Hampshire, United States. Son of William and Frances Mary (Shepard) Patterson.

  • Education

    • Graduate Dartmouth, 1848. Attended Theological Seminary, New Haven, Connecticut. Honorary Doctor of Laws, Iowa College, 1868.

    Career

    • Woodstock (Connecticut) Academy, 1848-1851. Tutor Dartmouth, 1852, professor mathematics, 1854-1865, professor astronomy and meteorology, 1859-1865, professor rhetoric, 1893. School commissioner Grafton County (N.H.), 1858-1862.

      Member N.H. House of Representatives (Republican), 1862, 77-78. Member United States House of Representatives from N.H., 38th-39th congresses, 1863-1867. Member United States Senate from N.H., 1867-1873, recommended for expulsion by Senate investigating committee because of involvement in Credit Mobilier scandal.

      Superintendent public instruction State of N.H., 1881-1893. Regent Smithsonian Institution. President American Institute Instrn.

    Membership

    Member N.H. House of Representatives (Republican), 1862, 77-78. Member United States House of Representatives from N.H., 38th-39th congresses, 1863-1867. Member United States Senate from N.H., 1867-1873, recommended for expulsion by Senate investigating committee because of involvement in Credit Mobilier scandal.

    Connections

    • Married Sarah Parker Wilder, December 24, 1854, 1 son, George W. Teacher, then principal.
    • father: William Patterson
    • mother: Frances Mary (Shepard) Patterson
    • spouse: Sarah Parker Wilder
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    Died March 4, 1893
    (aged 69)
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