James Patterson (New Jersey)

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James Patterson was an American Democratic Party politician from New Jersey, who served on the Monmouth County, New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey Legislative Council.

A son of Jehu Patterson, James Patterson was born in Middletown Township, New Jersey on March 25, 1794.

Elected as a Democrat to the Legislative Council in 1841, Patterson served through 1844; that year he was elected Vice President of Council, a position held a decade earlier by his father.[1]

In 1845, Patterson was elected to the Board of Chosen Freeholders representing Middletown Township. At the May 14, 1851 annual reorganization, he was chosen as Director, and served as Director through May 9, 1855 when he left the board.[2]

Patterson returned to the state legislature in 1860, when he was elected to the General Assembly; he was reelected in 1861.[3]

James Patterson died on May 2, 1867.

Five sons would serve in public office, namely, Jehu, James and C. Ewing, who each would serve as county clerk; John, sheriff; and Samuel, freeholder.

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey, 1911; Thomas F. Fitzgerald
  2. ^ Minutes, Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders
  3. ^ Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey, 1926; Thomas F. Fitzgerald
Political offices
Preceded by
William Chetwood
Vice President of the New Jersey Legislative Council
1844
Succeeded by
John C. Smallwood (as President of the New Jersey Senate)
Preceded by
Benjamin I. Lafetra
Monmouth County Freeholder Director
1851-1855
Succeeded by
Henry Howland