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Alexander Enis Patton


 

Sessions

Session Office Position District Party
1903-1904 34 Republican
 Counties   Centre, Clearfield, Clinton

Biography

10/20/1852 - 09/05/1904

Alexander Ennis Patton (R34) Centre, Clearfield, Clinton 1903-1904

Early Life:

Alexander Ennis Patton, born October 20, 1852, Curwensville, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania; son of John Antes Patton and Catharine Moore Ennis;  common schools education; Dickinson Seminary*, Chester Military Academy† and Phillips Academy‡, Andover, Massachusetts; engaged, farming, nursery business, Iowa,1871-1877, returned, Curwensville, engaged, banking, coal, telephone lines, industrial world, 1877; delegate, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, National Republican Conventions; co-owner, Roaring Run Quarry; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1903-1904; married, Jennie Mary Wright Patton (d. 1884) married, Mary Boynton Dill Patton children, Alexander Ennis Patton, Jr.; Infants Patton; Infants Patton; Edith Patton; Joseph Patton; Katherine Margery Patton and Henry Joseph Patton; died, in office, while playing cards at neighbors, heart disease, failure, September 5, 1904 age, 51; Curwensville, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania; interment, Oak Hill Cemetery, Curwensville, Clearfield, Pennsylvania.  

Early Career: 

Engaged, Curwensville bank; October 31, 1879 a fire destroyed the buildings at the southeast corner of State and Thompson Streets which housed the Curwensville Bank, stores and the Public Library. The Patton Block and the bank building, later remodeled, built soon after. Director, National Bank of Patton, Cambria County. Engaged, coal lands in Clearfield and northern Cambria County, with former Congressman James Kerr.  

The first reference to telephone service found is in a letter dated August 4, 1881 written in reply to a request for service, Lumber City, Pennsylvania. It states in part, "We would suggest that you communicate with Mr. Alex Patton, Curwensville, who is now leading an enterprise to build a telephone line through that county.

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

Past Master, Noble Lodge No. 480, Free and Accepted Masons, Curwensville, 1883; officers, treasurer, Curwensville Cemetery Company (Oak Hill Cemetery), 1893; President, Directors Convention of Clearfield County, served, twice; Trustee, Dickinson College; Director, Dickinson Seminary; organized, Curwensville City Fire Company. Number 2, 1895.

Pennsylvania Politics:  

Delegate, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, National Republican Conventions,

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 34th district, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton Counties, 1903-1906, served, 1903-1904; member, Bank and Building and Loan Associations, City Passenger Railways, Corporations, Education, Judiciary Special, Municipal Affairs and Public Printing Committees; died in office, September 5, 1904.

Legacy:

Father, John Antes Patton United States Pennsylvania Congressman 24th Congressional District 1861-1863, 20th Congressional District, 1887-1889. Brother, John Patton, Jr., United States Senator, Michigan, appointed, 1894 upon the death of Francis B. Stockbridge, served until 1895.

Town of Patton, named for him. §

Pipe organ, Curwensville Methodist Church, installed, 1905, a gift from the family of Alexander Ennis Patton in his memory.

Benjamin Harrison, President of the United States made a brief call to Curwensville, September 20, 1890. Patton entertained President Benjamin Harrison, his wife at his home, Curwensville. The home later destroyed by fire, 1942.  

Cited: 

Harrisburg Daily Independent (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Monday September 5, 1904, Page 1

Cochran, T.B., (Compiler). Miller, H.P., (Assistant Compiler). (1904). The Pennsylvania Manual, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 995, pages 1020, 1025-1028.

*Dickinson Seminary was a preparatory school for Dickinson College which became Lycoming College located in Williamsport, PA. The two institutions were closely related during the nineteenth century when they were both affiliated with the Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. 

†Chester Military Academy is a now defunct school that was located in Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania

‡Phillips Academy is the same school that Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush attended. The prep school is one of the oldest incorporated boarding schools in the United States.

§Patton is a borough in Cambria County, Pennsylvania, 20 miles northwest of Altoona, in an agricultural region. Patton, best known for an important local manufacturer, the Patton Clay Works. The Clay Works were one of the largest clay and brick concerns in the world in the first half of the 1900s. The company manufactured terra cotta products (pipe and tiles), building bricks, and pavers known as "Patton Pavers". Bricks made there were, used in the construction of the Panama Canal and the pavers were, used around the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. The products were, made from clay excavated from the area.