Thomas M. Patterson

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Thomas MacDonald Patterson
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United States Senator
from Colorado
In office
March 4, 1901 – March 3, 1907
Preceded by Edward O. Wolcott
Succeeded by Simon Guggenheim
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1879
Preceded by James B. Belford
Succeeded by James B. Belford
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado Territory's at-large district
In office
March 4, 1875 – August 1, 1876
Preceded by Jerome B. Chaffee
Succeeded by District eliminated
Personal details
Born (1839-11-04)November 4, 1839
County Carlow, Ireland
Died July 23, 1916(1916-07-23) (aged 76)
Denver, Colorado
Resting place Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Colorado
Political party Democratic

Thomas MacDonald Patterson (November 4, 1839 – July 23, 1916) was an American politician and newspaper publisher from the 1870s through the 1910s.

Biography[edit]

Patterson was born in County Carlow, Ireland, but his family emigrated to the United States when he was a boy, and they settled in New York City in 1849. A few years later, they moved to Crawfordsville, Indiana, where the young Patterson found work in a printing office and with a watchmaker and jeweler.

When the Civil War broke out in 1861, Patterson enlisted in the Eleventh Regiment of the Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He returned home in 1862, and went to college first at Indiana Asbury University (now DePauw University), then at Wabash College.

Patterson was admitted to the bar in 1867 and began his practice in Crawfordsville. In 1872, he moved to Denver, where he started a law practice and was city attorney in 1873 and 1874.

Patterson's political career began when he became a member of the Democratic National Committee in 1874 (a post he held until 1880). He was then elected as a Democrat to be a Delegate from the Colorado Territory to the 44th Congress (1875–76), stepping down when the Territory became a State. James B. Belford, a Republican, was initially elected as Colorado's first Congressman, but Patterson successfully contested his election and served in the U.S. House of Representatives in the 45th Congress (1877–79). Patterson chose not to stand for re-election in 1878.

After leaving Congress, Patterson resumed the practice of law in Denver and purchased first the Rocky Mountain News in 1890 and later the Denver Times. During these years, Patterson was twice an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Governor of Colorado including in 1888, when he was defeated by Republican Job Adams Cooper.

Patterson returned to national politics in 1900 when he was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate, serving a single term (1901–1907) and refusing to stand for re-election. While a senator, Patterson served on the Lodge committee that investigated alleged war crimes in the Philippine-American War.

After leaving the Senate, Patterson published his newspaper until his death.

Patterson's remains are interred in Fairmount Cemetery in Denver.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jerome B. Chaffee
Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado Territory

1875–1876
Succeeded by
none
Preceded by
James B. Belford
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's at-large congressional district

1877–1879
Succeeded by
James B. Belford
United States Senate
Preceded by
Edward O. Wolcott
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Colorado
1901–1907
Served alongside: Henry M. Teller
Succeeded by
Simon Guggenheim