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About John Mercer Patton, Gov. US Congress

John Mercer Patton (August 10, 1797 – October 29, 1858) was a nineteenth century politician and lawyer from Virginia.

Born in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Patton attended Princeton University and graduated from the medical department at the University of Pennsylvania in 1818. He studied law and was admitted to the bar, commencing practice in Fredericksburg. Patton was elected a Jacksonian and Democrat to the United States House of Representatives originally to fill a vacancy in 1830, serving until 1838. There, he served as chairman of the Committee on Territories from 1835 to 1839. He became senior councilor of Virginia and had served as Acting Governor of Virginia after the resignation of Governor Thomas W. Gilmer in 1841. Afterwards, he moved to Richmond, Virginia and continued to practice law until his death there on October 29, 1858. He was interred at Shockoe Hill Cemetery.

United States Representative from Virginia, 1830-1838; Governor of Virginia, 1841; great-grandfather of George Smith Patton, Jr.

Patton was the great grandfather of WWII general George S. Patton Jr.

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John Mercer Patton, Gov. US Congress's Timeline

1797
August 10, 1797
Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States
1824
January 8, 1824
Age 26
1824
Age 26
1826
1826
Age 28
Culpepper Co., VA
1828
February 4, 1828
Age 30
1833
June 26, 1833
Age 35
Spotsylvania Co., VA
1835
July 15, 1835
Age 37
Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States
1841
1841
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1843
September 19, 1843
Age 46
1858
October 28, 1858
Age 61
Richmond, Virginia, United States