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George Washington Patterson

George Washington Patterson (November 11, 1799 Londonderry, Rockingham County, New Hampshire - October 15, 1879 Westfield, Chautauqua County, New York) was an American politician who served as United States Representative and Lieutenant Governor of New York.


He graduated from Pinkerton Academy. He moved to New York and settled in Genesee County in 1818, engaged in the manufacture of fanning mills, settled in Leicester, Livingston County, New York in 1825 and engaged in agricultural pursuits and the manufacture of farming implements. He was commissioner of highways of Leicester, and a justice of the peace.

He was a member from Livingston County of the New York State Assembly in 1832, 1833, and from 1835 to 1840, and was Speaker in 1839 and 1840. He was basin commissioner at Albany in 1839 and 1840 and moved to Westfield in 1841 to take charge of the Chautauqua land office.

He was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention in 1846, was Lieutenant Governor of New York from 1849 to 1850.

He was chairman of the harbor commission at New York from 1855 to 1857. He was quarantine commissioner of the Port of New York in 1859, and was supervisor and president of the board of education for many years.

He was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions of 1856 and 1860, and was elected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth United States Congress, serving from March 4, 1877 to March 3, 1879.

He was buried at the Westfield Cemetery in Westfield, N.Y.

Both his brother William Patterson and his nephew Augustus Frank were also U.S. Representatives from New York.


Political offices
Preceded by
Luther Bradish
Speaker of the New York State Assembly
1839 - 1840
Succeeded by
Peter B. Porter, Jr.
Preceded by
Hamilton Fish
Lieutenant Governor of New York
1849 - 1850
Succeeded by
Sanford E. Church
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Nelson I. Norton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 33rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Henry Van Aernam


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