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PATTEN, John, a Delegate and a Representative from Delaware; born in Kent County, Del., April 26, 1746; attended the common schools; engaged in agricultural pursuits; entered the Revolutionary Army as a lieutenant; was promoted to the rank of major; Member of the Continental Congress in 1786; presented credentials as an Anti-Administration Member-elect to the Third Congress and served from March 4, 1793, to February 14, 1794, when he was succeeded by Henry Latimer, who contested his election; elected as a Republican to the Fourth Congress (March 4, 1795-March 3, 1797); was not a candidate for renomination; engaged in farming until his death at "Tynhead Court," near Dover, Del., December 26, 1800; interment in the Presbyterian Churchyard.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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Historical Society of Delaware

Wilmington, DE
Papers: 1783-1822. ca. 22 items. Personal and business papers and correspondence, including some documents from the settlement of his estate. Also portraits. Finding aid in repository.
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