Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
PATTERSON, Ellis Ellwood (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.

University of California, Berkeley
The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, CA
Oral History: 1962, 291 pages.
A duplicate transcript of the interview conducted by the University of California, Los Angeles.

Oral History: In the Fifty years after EPIC [sound recording], 1984, 25 sound cassettes and 1 folder.
Persons represented include Ellis Patterson.


University of California, Los Angeles
Oral History Program
Los Angeles, CA
Oral History: 1952, 291 pages.
The oral history interview of Ellis E. Patterson by Elizabeth I. Dixon is titled: Reflections of a California liberal oral history transcript. The interview includes comments on Ellis Patterson's political career as a California state assemblyman, 1933-39; as lieutenant governor in the Olson administration, 1939-43; and as a U.S. Congressman, 1945-47. Other topics discussed include the Republican and Democratic parties in the state, political philosophy, a business venture in Latin America, and uranium mining ventures. Ellis Patterson also discusses his career in California politics and his experiences as a private shipper in Central and South America.


University of Pennsylvania
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: In the Correspondence to Alma Mahler, 1946-1947, 4 items.
The papers include1 item from Harvey and Brown to Alma Mahler; a carbon copy of 1 item from Ellis Patterson to Ruth Shipley; and 1 item from Manning Post to Ellis Patterson. The item from Harvey and Brown thanks Alma Mahler for a contribution to Patterson's senate campaign. Ellis Patterson wrote to Ruth Shipley in order to expedite Alma Mahler's application for a passport, at the time that she was planning her postwar trip to Vienna. Two items reflect that Alma Mahler was engaged to Ellis Patterson as an attorney; 1 of these involves the story, "The Love and Hatred of Zora Pasha," by Franz Werfel and Friedrich Torberg.