Alphaeus Patterson

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Alphaeus Patterson (March 15, 1856 – November 4, 1931) was a politician and business man from Alberta, Canada. He was born in Kemptville, Ontario.[1]


Patterson founded a company with William Rae known as The Argonaut Company Ltd. in 1909 Patterson became President and Rae became the secretary-treasure. The company was primarily responsible for developing the site on Bear Creek that became modern Grande Prairie.[2]

In 1911 Patterson erected the first Store building in Grande Prairie the business was known as Paterson & Son as he ran the store and a post office from the same building with his son Jack O. Patterson.[3]


Patterson was elected to the Alberta Legislature in the 1913 Alberta general election. He ran in a hotly 3 way contested race defeating former Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) William Bredin and against his former business partner and future MLA William Rae. He served 1 term in the Assembly as a member of the official opposition and did not run for re-election.

Patterson is the first member elected to the Alberta Legislature who lived in Grande Prairie, Alberta.[4] He died in 1931 in North Saanich, British Columbia.


Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire - Alphaeus Patterson chapter which operated in Grande Prairie from 1921 to 1997 was named in his honor.[4]

Grande Prairie College grants the I.O.D.E. Alphaeus Patterson Chapter Science Scholarship.[5]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Brad Morrow (2000-04-12). "History of the County of Grande Prairie". Archived from the original on 12 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-09. 
  3. ^ I. Campbell. "History of the Peace Region Part 16". Retrieved 2007-08-09. 
  4. ^ a b "Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire - Alphaeus Patterson Chapter fonds". South Peace Regional Archives. Retrieved 2007-08-09. 
  5. ^ "I.O.D.E. Alphaeus Patterson Chapter Science Scholarship". Grande Prairie College. Retrieved 2007-08-09.

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Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Preceded by
James Cornwall
MLA Peace River
Succeeded by
William Archibald Rae