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Malcolm Rice PATTERSON

(1861-1935)

PATTERSON, Malcolm Rice, (son of Josiah Patterson), a Representative from Tennessee; born in Somerville, Morgan County, Ala., June 7, 1861; attended the common schools; moved to Memphis, Tenn., with his parents in 1872; was graduated from the Christian Brothers’ College, Memphis, Tenn., and subsequently took courses at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1883 and commenced practice in Memphis, Tenn.; elected district attorney of Shelby County in 1894 for a term of eight years but resigned on September 10, 1900, having been nominated as a candidate for Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-seventh, Fifty-eighth, and Fifty-ninth Congresses and served from March 4, 1901, to November 5, 1906, when he resigned, having been elected Governor of Tennessee; reelected Governor in 1908, and served from January 17, 1907, to January 26, 1911; resumed the practice of his profession in Memphis, Tenn.; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1915; appointed in 1923 and subsequently elected judge of the first circuit court of Shelby County, Tenn., serving until his retirement September 1, 1934; unsuccessful candidate for nomination for Governor in 1932; died while on a visit to Sarasota, Fla., on March 8, 1935; interment in Forest Hill Cemetery, Memphis, Tenn.

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

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