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PATTERSON, Malcolm Rice (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.

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1 official letter (January 12, 1910) in the Woodrow Wilson collection.
Finding aid in repository.


Tennessee State Library and Archives
Nashville, TN
Papers: ca. 1895-1935. ca. 3 feet (ca. 2,000 items and 2 volumes).
Correspondence, accounts, land records, legal documents, speeches, campaign material, printed matter, scrapbooks, photographs, and other papers relating to his political career. Unpublished register in repository.

  • Patterson, Malcolm Rice. "Why I Changed Front on the Liquor Question." Pamphlets on Prohibition, Temperance, Liquor Problem, Liquor Traffic, etc., in the United States. N.p., n.d.