Rear Admiral Thomas H. Patterson (USN)

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Thomas Harmon Patterson

Birthdate: (68)
Death: April 9, 1889 (68)
Immediate Family:

Son of Captain Daniel Todd Patterson (USN) and Georgianna Patterson
Husband of Maria Montresor Patterson
Father of Captain Samuel Patterson (USN)
Brother of Carlile Pollock Patterson and Eliza Catherine Bache

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About Rear Admiral Thomas H. Patterson (USN)

Thomas Harmon Patterson (May 10, 1820 - April 9, 1889) was a rear admiral in the United States Navy.

Early life and career

Patterson was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the second son of Commodore Daniel Todd Patterson, a War of 1812 U.S. Navy hero, and George Ann Pollock. Patterson saw action in the American Civil War and later served as Commander, Asiatic Squadron (1877–1880). While in this latter post, he participated in the lengthy 1879 visit of former President and General Ulysses S. Grant to Japan at the conclusion of Grant's around-the-world tour that started in 1878.

Patterson's commands included Chocura, Currituck and James Adger. Richmond served as his flagship in the Asiatic Squadron. From 1873 to 1876 he commanded the Washington Navy Yard, as his father had done in 1836–1839. Patterson was elected on January 2, 1868, as a member of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States.

Personal life

Patterson married Maria Montresor Wainwright, daughter of U.S. Marine Corps Colonel Robert Dewer Wainwright. Several of their sons also became military officers, including Capt. Samuel Achmuty Wainwright Patterson, USN, who commanded the Great White Fleet battleship USS Kentucky (BB-6) in 1905 (but did not command during the 1907-1909 world cruise).

Later life

Patterson retired from the U.S. Navy in 1883 and died April 9, 1889 in Washington, D.C.. He is buried in the Wainwright vault of Congressional Cemetery, Washington D.C., with his wife, father-in-law, and other Wainwright relatives. His father and mother, are also buried in Congressional Cemetery but under a separate Patterson monument.

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Rear Admiral Thomas H. Patterson (USN)'s Timeline

May 10, 1820
April 9, 1889
Age 68