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Col William Chamberlain Patterson
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Birth: Feb. 10, 1813
Claiborne County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Jun. 20, 1883
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

Born [Tazerville, TN?]
3601 Walnut Street, 27th Ward

Philadelphia Inquirer, June 21, 1883


Colonel William C. Patterson, ex president of the Union Trust Company, died yesterday morning at the residence of his son, Mr. William C. Patterson, Jr., No 3601 Walnut street. Col. Patterson was a brother of the late General Robert Patterson, and in the earlier portion of his life was in business with him. He was born in Tennessee, February 10, 1813, but was brought to this city at a very early age, and from the year 1820 to the date of his death his home was in Philadelphia. He began his business life in his brother's counting room and continued with him for some years, amassing a handsome fortune.

On March 30, 1847, he was elected a director of the Pennsylvania Railroad, and on the 6th of December, 1848, was chosen president pro tem. On the 25th of August he was elected to the presidency of the road and continued in office till February 1852. He was the second president of the Pennsylvania Railroad and the successor of Mr. Merrick. He was quite prominent in military and political circles, was captain of the old Washington Blues, formerly part of the One-hundred-and-second Regiment, and was a member of City Councils, and later of the legislature, and at one time the Democratic candidate for the office of Mayor.

He was at Harrisburg officially at the time that the question of consolidation of the city and districts was under consideration. As a citizen soldier he rendered important services at the time of the Philadelphia riots, and when the civil war broke out he accompanied his brother to the front, serving on General Patterson's staff as a voluntary aid, continuing with him during his campaign.

On his return to this city Colonel Patterson devoted his means and energies to aiding the Sanitary Commission, and to the noble work of ministering to the troops passing back and forth through the city, and the services rendered by him, and also by Mrs. Patterson, his amiable and accomplished wife, will long be gratefully remembered. Day after day he forwarded to the hospitals and to the refreshment saloon supplies for the passing troops or delicacies for the sick and wounded, and many of the convalescent owed their returning strength largely to drives taken in the carriage he generously placed at their disposal.

In 1857 Colonel Patterson was elected president of the Little Schuylkill Railroad, and continued for some years to discharge the duties of that position with his accustomed fidelity and ability. Twelve years later a great misfortune overtook him, sweeping away at one blow most of the wealth his talents had enabled him to amass. This was the destruction by fire in 1870 of his extensive warehouses at Front and Lombard streets at a time when goods were stored there to the value of some millions of dollars. From this blow his fortunes never entirely recovered, but as he had borne prosperity without being spoiled by it, so he met adversity with a calm front and "an equal mind."

His religious associations, like those of his brother, were with the Presbyterians, and he was an active, and, while in the enjoyment of ample wealth, a liberal member of the Tenth Church, Walnut street, northeast corner of Twelfth, during the pastorate of Rev. Dr. Boardman.

His business talents and his lofty integrity of character, illustrated by the grace of courtly manners and by natural kindness of heart, secured and retained the esteem of his old associates in mercantile and railroad circles, and when the Union Trust Company was formed Colonel Patterson was a once intrusted [sic] with the helm of the new enterprise. As president he administered its affairs with a mind no wise impaired and with a moral sense improved by advancing years; the company prospered under his judicious oversight; but he had held his position but a few months when a fall on the ice, and the consequent fracture of a limb compelled him to withdraw from active service. Unhappily the accident still more serious results. The broken limb had to be placed in a box, and the condition of the patient necessitated absolute repose, which at President Patterson's age proved his forerunner of ossification of the arteries, to which malady but one result was possible."

Family links: 
  Caroline Ellmaker Patterson (1815 - 1877)
  Louisa Ellmaker Patterson White (1851 - 1898)*
*Calculated relationship
Laurel Hill Cemetery
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section L Lot 213
Maintained by: Mary Harrell-Sesniak
Originally Created by: Meges
Record added: Mar 18, 2013
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Col William Chamberlain Patterson
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Col William Chamberlain Patterson
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