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Gilbert Brown Patterson (May 29, 1863 – January 26, 1922) was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives from North Carolina.

Gilbert Brown Patterson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1907
Preceded byJohn D. Bellamy
Succeeded byHannibal L. Godwin
Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
BornMay 29, 1863 (1863-05-29)
Robeson County, North Carolina
DiedJanuary 26, 1922 (1922-01-27) (aged 58)
Maxton, North Carolina
Citizenship United States
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Martha Virginia "Mattie" McNair Evans Patterson
ChildrenMary McNair Patterson Johnson Erasmus Hervey Evans (stepson)
Alma materUniversity of North Carolina






Born May 29, 1863 near Maxton, Robeson County, North Carolina, Patterson was the son of Gilbert and Margaret P. Patterson. He attended Shoe Heel Academy, Shoe Heel (now Maxton), North Carolina, and the Laurinburg (North Carolina) High School and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1886 where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. From 1886 to 1889, he taught in Elizabeth City, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1890. He then commenced practice in Maxton, North Carolina.[1]


Patterson was a member of the State house of representatives from 1899 to 1901. He was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-eighth and Fifty-ninth Congresses and served from March 4, 1903 to March 3, 1907.[2]

Returning to his law practice in 1907, Patterson married Mrs. Mattie Virginia McNair Evans. She had a son, Erasmus Hervey Evans,[3] and, together they had a daughter, Mary McNair Patterson.[4] He was a large landholder, a Master Mason and a Shriner, and for many years a ruling elder in the Presbyterian church.


Patterson died in Maxton, Robeson County, North Carolina, on January 26, 1922 (age 58 years, 242 days). He is interred at Maxton Cemetery, Maxton, North Carolina.[5] He was honored posthumously by his hometown of Maxton with the naming of the Gilbert Patterson Memorial Library, which opened in 1927.


  1. ^ "Gilbert Brown Patterson". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Gilbert Brown Patterson". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Gilbert Brown Patterson". NCpedia. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Gilbert Brown Patterson". Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Gilbert Brown Patterson". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 3 July 2013.

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