PATTON, John Mercer

1797–1858

Biography

PATTON, John Mercer, a Representative from Virginia; born in Fredericksburg, Va., August 10, 1797; attended Princeton College, and was graduated from the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia in 1818, but never practiced; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Fredericksburg, Va.; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Philip P. Barbour; reelected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-second through Twenty-fourth Congresses and as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth Congress and served from November 25, 1830, to April 7, 1838, when he resigned; chairman, Committee on Territories (Twenty-fourth and Twenty-fifth Congresses); senior councilor of Virginia and became acting governor of Virginia upon the resignation of Governor Gilmore in 1841; moved to Richmond, Va., and resumed the practice of law; died in Richmond, Va., October 29, 1858; interment in Shockee Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

College of William and Mary
Earl Gregg Swem Library

Williamsburg, VA
Papers: In the John Dixon Papers, 1760-1829, 605 items. The papers include a letter of John Mercer Patton from 1826.

The Library of Virginia
Archives Branch

Richmond, VA
Papers: In the Tazewell Family Papers, 1759-1858, 56 items. Other authors include John Mercer Patton.

University of Virginia
The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

Charlottesville, VA
Papers: In the William Ransom Johnson Papers, 1796-1896, 386 items. Correspondents include John Mercer Patton.
Papers: In the Virginia Political Correspondence, 1779-1930, 431 items. The papers include correspondence with John Mercer Patton (5 letters, 1836-1869).
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