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Ellis Ellwood PATTERSON

(1897-1985)

PATTERSON, Ellis Ellwood, a Representative from California; born in Yuba City, Sutter County, Calif., November 28, 1897; attended the public schools; was graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1921; during the First World War served as a seaman in the United States Navy in 1917 and 1918; taught school in Colusa County, Calif., 1922-1924; district superintendent of schools of South Monterey County, Calif., 1923-1932; studied law at Stanford University and at the University of California 1931-1936; was admitted to the bar in 1937 and commenced practice in Sacramento and Los Angeles, Calif.; member of the State assembly 1932-1938; Lieutenant Governor 1938-1942; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-ninth Congress (January 3, 1945-January 3, 1947); did not seek renomination in 1946, but was an unsuccessful candidate for nomination for United States Senator; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1948 to the Eighty-first Congress; resumed the practice of law; was a resident of Los Angeles, Calif., until his death there on August 25, 1985.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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