John Patton (Detroit mayor)

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John Patton
Mayor of Detroit
In office
Preceded by Oliver Moulton Hyde
Succeeded by Christian H. Buhl
Personal details
Born March 1, 1822
County Down, Ireland
Died November 15, 1900 (1900-11-16) (aged 78)
Detroit, Michigan
Spouse(s) Eliza J. Anderson
Profession carriagemaker

John Patton (March 1, 1822 – November 15, 1900) was the mayor of Detroit, Michigan in 1858-1859.[1]


John Patton was born March 1, 1822 in the county of County Down, Ireland, the son of james and Eliza Patton.[2] In 1830, John and his father emigrated to Albany, New York, and were joined by the rest of the family the next year. At 17, John Patton was apprenticed as a carriagesmith, and in 1843 moved to Detroit, where he worked for others at his trade.[2] Two years later, he went into business as a carriagemaker for himself. The fire of 1848 destroyed his factory, but Patton soon rebuilt, and his business prospered.[3]

In 1845, Patton married Eliza J. Anderson.[2] The couple had five children: William, Walter, Mrs. John McLean, Mrs. E. B. Gay, and John.[3]

Patton rapidly became popular in the city,[2] due in part to his "masterly" delivery of reading, thespian skills, and command of Scotch and Irish dialects.[4] He served as chief engineer of the Fire Department in 1852-1854 and its president from 1855-1857.[2] He was a Democrat in politics, and awas elected a city alderman in 1853-1854, mayor in 1858-1859, county auditor in 1864-1869, Wayne County, Michigan sheriff in 1869-1870, Justice of the Peace from 1880- 1892[3] and United States consul at Amherstburg, Ontario from 1893-1897.[3][5]

John Patton died November 15, 1900.[3]


  1. ^ Mayors of Detroit Archived 2004-08-14 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b c d e Silas Farmer (1889), THE HISTORY OF DETROIT AND MICHIGAN, p. 1043 
  3. ^ a b c d e Clarence Monroe Burton; William Stocking; Gordon K. Miller (1922), The city of Detroit, Michigan, 1701-1922; Volume 3, The S. J. Clarke publishing company, pp. 981–982 
  4. ^ Friend Palmer (1906), Early days in Detroit, Hunt & June, p. 847 
  5. ^ The government of the city of Detroit and Wayne County, Michigan: 1701 to 1907, historical and biographical, 1907, p. 26 
Political offices
Preceded by
Oliver Moulton Hyde
Mayor of Detroit
Succeeded by
Christian H. Buhl