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James Welch Patton


James Welch Patton, American educator.


Patton, James Welch was born on September 28, 1900 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, United States. Son of James Wesley and Elizabeth (Welch) Patton.


Bachelor of Arts, Vanderbilt University, 1924. A.M., U. North Carolina, 1925, Doctor of Philosophy., 1929.


June 25, 1930; 1 daughter, Emily Frances (Mistress Deluca). Faculty history Georgia State Woman’s College, 1925-1927. Associate professor history The Citadel, 1929-1930.

Assistant professor history Wittenberg College, 1930-1931. Professor of history Converse College, 1931-1942. Professor of history and polit science, head department North Carolina State College, 1942-1948.

Professor of history U. North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1948-1973, director Southern History collection, 1948-1967.


  • Author: Unionism and Reconstruction in Tennessee, 1934. The Women of the Confederacy (with Francis B. Simkins), 1936. Editor: Minutes of the Greenville Ladies’ Association in Aid of the Confederate Army, 1937.

    Contributor to Dictionary American Biography, Dictionary American History. Editor: Messages, Addresses, and Public Papers of Luther H. Hodges, Governor North Carolina, 1954-1961, 3 vols., 1960, 62, 63.


Member advisory council Civil War Centennial Commission, 1958-1973. President, South Carolina. History Association, 1938-1939.

Fellow Society American Archivists. Member American, Southern (president 1956) history associations Organisation American Historians, History Society North Carolina (president 1966), English-Speaking Union (branch president 1966), Society American Archivists, North Carolina Literature and History Association (president 1964), Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Chi.


Married Carlotta Dorothea Petersen.

James Wesley Patton

Elizabeth (Welch) Patton

Carlotta Dorothea Petersen