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 James A Patten

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James A Patten

Birth
DeKalb County, Illinois, USA
Death 8 Dec 1928 (aged 76)
Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Somonauk Township, DeKalb County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 8040818 View Source
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James A. Patten, called the "Wheat King" due to his success as a grain merchant. Mayor of Evanston IL from 1901 to 1903. President of the Northwestern University Board of Trustees from 1917 to 1920. In 1910 he gave $310,000 to Northwestern University for the construction of the original Patten Gymnasium, which was razed in 1939 to make room for the current Technological Institute. The current Patten Gymnasium was was built to replace the original a few blocks further north on Sheridan Road. The original gymnasium was designed by the prominent architect, George Washington Maher, who also designed the Patten home in Evanston, located on SW corner of Ridge Ave. & Lake St. The Patten home was donated to Northwestern in the 1930s. Northwestern sold it to Hemphill Builders who razed it to make room for the 9 homes that are currently there. The impressive original wrought iron and granite fence that surrounded the estate still remains. The 9 home development is known as "Patten Manor".


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  • Created by: JPG
  • Added: 29 Oct 2003
  • Find a Grave Memorial 8040818
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/8040818/james-a-patten : accessed ), memorial page for James A Patten (8 May 1852–8 Dec 1928), Find a Grave Memorial ID 8040818, citing Oak Mound Cemetery, Somonauk Township, DeKalb County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by JPG (contributor 7307839) .