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Robert M. Patton

Born: Jul 10, 1809

Death: Feb 28, 1885

Birthplace: Russell County

Nationality: United States

Robert M. Patton

Date of Birth : Jul 10, 1809
Date of Death : Feb 28, 1885
Birth Place : Russell County

Robert Miller Patton was the 20th Governor of the U.S. state of Alabama from 1865 to 1867. Patton was born July 10, 1809, in Russell County, Virginia. His family moved to Huntsville, Alabama, in 1818 where Patton attended Green Academy. Patton apprenticed in the family cotton mill founded by his father William. In 1829 he moved to Florence, Alabama, and began a mercantile business that his sons took over in the late 1850s. He married Jane Locke Braham of Huntsville on January 31, 1832. They had nine children. Seven of his children lived to adulthood but he lost two sons, both Confederate soldiers, during the Civil War. Patton's political career began in 1832 when he was elected to the state legislature. He was elected to the special legislature that convened in 1837 in response to the financial panic and depression of that year. Although he was a Whig, Patton continued to serve in one branch or the other of the state legislature until the outbreak of war. He represented the state at the national convention in Charleston, SC, in 1860 and was present at the secession convention in Montgomery.

Also known as

  • Robert Patton


  • William Patton
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