Robert B. Patterson

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Robert B. Patterson
Born 1921 (age 93–94)
Residence Carroll County, Mississippi
Occupation plantation manager, former college football player
Known for Founder of the White Citizens' Council, 1954

Robert Boyd "Tut" Patterson (born 1921) is an American former plantation manager and former college football player who is known for founding the first White Citizens' Council in Indianola, Mississippi in 1954, in response to the Brown v. Board of Education decision.[1][2] He also helped found Pillow Academy near Greenwood, Mississippi. Patterson owned a plantation in Leflore County, Mississippi, near Indianola.

Patterson is a veteran of World War II, having served in the 82d Airborne Division of the United States Army as a major. He attended Mississippi State University, where he played college football and was a captain of the team.[3] He was a member of the 1940 Mississippi State Bulldogs team, which is the only undefeated team in the school's history.[4]