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John Mercer Patton

Birthplace: Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States
Death: Died in Richmond, Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Shockoe Hill Cemetery
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert William Patton, Sr. and Anne Gordon Patton
Husband of Margaret French Patton and Margaret French Patton
Father of Col. George Smith Patton, Sr. (CSA); Robert William Patton; Col John Mercer Patton (CSA); Col Isaac W. Patton (CSA), Mayor of New Orleans; Lt. Hugh Mercer Patton (CSA) and 4 others
Brother of Hugh Mercer Patton; Robert Patton, Jr.; Isabella Gordon Patton; Dr. William Patton; George Weedon Patton and 2 others

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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

August 10, 1797
Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States
January 8, 1824
Age 26
Age 26
Age 28
Culpepper Co., VA
February 4, 1828
Age 30
June 26, 1833
Age 35
Spotsylvania County, Virginia, United States
July 15, 1835
Age 37
Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States
Age 43
September 19, 1843
Age 46
October 28, 1858
Age 61
Richmond, Virginia, United States