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  • In Crawfordsville, Indiana, the young Patterson found work in a printing office and with a watchmaker and jeweler. When the Civil War broke out in 1861, Patterson enlisted in the Eleventh Regiment of the Indiana Volunteer Infantry. After leaving Congress, Patterson resumed the practice of law in Denver and purchased first the Rocky Mountain News in 1890 and later the Denver Times. During these years, Patterson was twice an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Governor of Colorado.

    While a senator, Patterson served on the Lodge committee that investigated alleged war crimes in the Philippine-American War.

    After leaving the Senate, Patterson published his newspaper until his death.

Major achievements

  • James B. Belford, a Republican, was initially elected as Colorado's first Congressman, but Patterson successfully contested his election.

    it was

    largely through his efforts that Colorado was admitted as a state in



Party affiliation: Democratic Party


Thomas Patterson
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Born November 4, 1839
Died July 23, 1916
(aged 76)
  • 1862 - 1863
    Indiana Asbury University
  • 1863
    Wabash College
  • 1867 - 1872
    law practice, bar
    Crawfordsville, Indiana, United States
  • 1873 - 1874
    city attorney, bar
    Denver, United States
  • 1874 - 1880
    member, Democratic National Committee
  • 1875 - 1876
    Democratic delegate from the Colorado Territory, the 44th Congress
  • March 4, 1877 - March 3, 1879
    Congressman in the 45th Congress, the United States House of Representatives
  • 1890
    publisher, Rocky Mountain News
    Denver, the USA
  • 1900
    publisher, Denver Times
    Denver, the USA
  • 1901 - 1907
    democrat, The United States Senate
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    • Catherine A. C. Grafton
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