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Thomas Macdonald Patterson

editor , journalist , politician , Senator , Newspaper publisher

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.

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.

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