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Edward White Patterson

Politician. Democrat. Born: October 4, 1895, Pittsburg, Kansas. Died: March 6, 1940, Weir, Kansas. Served in U.S. House of Representatives, 3rd District: January 3, 1935, to January 3, 1939.

On October 4, 1895, Edward Patterson was born in Pittsburg, Crawford County, Kansas. He attended the public schools, and during the First World War, Patterson served as a sergeant in the Thirty-fifth Division, American Expeditionary Forces, from May 1917 to March 1919. Thereafter he attended the University of Chicago and was graduated from the University of Kansas law school in 1922. Patterson was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Pittsburg, Kansas, where he also served as Crawford County attorney (1927-1929). Elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fourth Congress in 1934, Patterson was reelected in 1936 (served, January 3, 1935-January 3, 1939), but was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1938. He returned to Pittsburg and resumed the practice of law until his death in Weir, Kansas, on March 6, 1940.

Entry: Patterson, Edward White

Author: Kansas Historical Society

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Date Created: June 2011

Date Modified: May 2012

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