About Robert Patterson
A Patriot of the American Revolution for DELAWARE - NEW JERSEY with the rank of STAFF OFFICER. DAR Ancestor # A086447
Dr. Patterson was born in Ireland May 30, 1743; emigrated to America in 1768; was a surgeon in the Revolutionary army from 1776 to 1778; professor of mathematics in the University of Pennsylvania from 1779 to 1814, and director of the United States Mint at Philadelphia from 1805 to 1824, in which year he died.
Educator. Professor of Mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania from 1779 to 1810, Professor of Natural Philosophy and Mathematics from 1810 to 1813 and Vice-Provost from 1810 to 1813. Director of the United States Mint from 1805 to 1824.
Served in the Delaware Militia during the Revolutionary War.
Robert Patterson (May 20, 1743 – July 22, 1824) was an American educator and director of the United States Mint. He was born on a lease-held farm near Hillsborough, County Down, Ireland, emigrated to the United States in 1768, and lived for a time in Philadelphia.
In 1774, he became principal of an academy in Wilmington, Delaware. A Patriot in the American Revolution, after the battles of Lexington and Concord he began instructing his students in military matters and served as adjutant in a local company of the Delaware militia. When classes were suspended because of the War of Independence, he returned to Greenwich, New Jersey, where he had earlier lived, and hastily received enough training to serve as an assistant surgeon in a New Jersey militia company. Militia service was not a full-time activity, but he frequently served in the field for nearly three years, and was appointed a brigade major.
From 1779 to 1814, he was professor of mathematics in the University of Pennsylvania, being also serving as vice provost from 1810 to 1813. In 1805, without solicitation, President Jefferson appointed him director of the mint, which position he held until a short time before his death. Always actively interested in the American Philosophical Society, he was its president from 1819 until his death. He published The Newtonian System (1808) and edited various works on mathematics and physics. His son, Robert M. Patterson, followed in his footsteps, also becoming director of the mint and teaching at the University of Pennsylvania.
Robert Patterson's Timeline
May 30, 1743
Near Hillsborough, Ireland
March 20, 1777
July 30, 1779
March 29, 1782
Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
November 23, 1787
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
July 22, 1824
Greenwich Township, Cumberland, New Jersey, United States