John Paterson was a politician in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly.
Paterson was born in Lanarkshire, Scotland in 1831. He took his name from his father, John Paterson, a soldier. His mother was Ann Howison.
Paterson arrived in New South Wales in 1850. He was a pastoralist and was a partner in several runs. James Garland had served alongside William Macleay in the two member constituency of Lachlan and Lower Darling in the first New South Wales parliament from 1856 to 1858.
At the 1858 election Garland did not recontest.
Nominations for the seat of Lachlan and Lower Darling closed on 25 January 1858. The report on the close of nominations states that both John Piper Egan and Edward Flood were nominated in their absence, and both had been listed by The Sydney Morning Herald, as candidates in this seat.
However, the nominators were unable to muster the six persons required to call for a poll and Paterson and Macleay were elected unopposed. Patterson served in the second parilament from 1858 to 1859.
He did not recontest the 1859 election.
Paterson died in Illalong, New South Wales on 9 August 1871.