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Thomas Macdonald Patterson

Thomas Macdonald Patterson, Irish senator. member 45th Congress (1877-1879); member Dem.

Background

  • Patterson, Thomas Macdonald was born on November 4, 1839 in Company of Carlow, Ireland. Son of James and Margaret (Mountjoy) Patterson.

  • Education

    • Came to the United States in childhood. 1 year at Asbury (now De Pauw) U., and 1 year Wabash College.

    Career

    • 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

      1876.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Democratic Party

    Membership

    Member 45th Congress (1877-1879). Member Dem.

    Connections

    • Married Katherine Grafton, 1863 (died 1902).
    • father: James Petterson - Irish - merchant, Jeweller
    • mother: Margaret (Montjoy) - Irish
    • Grandfather: James Petterson - Irish - Stock dealer
    • Sister: Katherine
    • brother: Thomas
    • Wife: Catherine A. C. Grafton - American
    Thomas Patterson
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    Born November 4, 1839
    Died July 23, 1916
    (aged 76)
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    • 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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