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Charles E. Patterson

Charles Edward Patterson (May 3, 1842, Corinth, Orange County, Vermont – 1913) was an American lawyer and politician.


He was the son of Dr. James Hervey Patterson, was educated at Castleton Seminary in Castleton, Vermont and Cambridge Academy in Cambridge, New York, and graduated from Union College in 1860. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and practiced in Troy, New York where he became a partner in the firm of David L. Seymour whose daughter he married.

He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Rensselaer Co., 1st D.) in 1881 and 1882; and was elected Speaker on February 2, 1882, after a month-long struggle of the different factions of the Democratic Party. The rural Democrats and the County Democracy had tried to oppose John Kelly and Tammany Hall, but eventually came to terms.


  • [1] Speaker election and short bio, in NYT on February 3, 1882
  • Courts_and_lawyers_pgs1060-1073 at Rensselaer County lawyers at Court History
Political offices
Preceded by
George H. Sharpe
Speaker of the New York State Assembly
Succeeded by
Alfred C. Chapin
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