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James Willis Patterson

senator , educator

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