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John M. Pattison (June 13, 1847 – June 18, 1906) was a Democratic politician from Ohio. Pattison was the 43rd Governor of Ohio, serving for a shorter period than any other person elected to the office before his death.

John M. Pattison
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43rd Governor of Ohio
In office
January 8, 1906 – June 18, 1906
LieutenantAndrew L. Harris
Preceded byMyron T. Herrick
Succeeded byAndrew L. Harris
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 11th district
In office
March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1893
Preceded byAlbert C. Thompson
Succeeded byCharles H. Grosvenor
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Hamilton County district
In office
January 5, 1874 – January 2, 1876
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 4th district
In office
February 1890 – March 3, 1891
Preceded byThomas Q. Ashburn
Succeeded byJoseph J. McMaken
Personal details
Born(1847-06-13)June 13, 1847
Owensville, Ohio
DiedJune 18, 1906(1906-06-18) (aged 59)
Milford, Ohio
Resting placeGreenlawn Cemetery, Milford
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Aletheia Williams
Anna Williams
Alma materOhio Wesleyan University
Cincinnati Law School


Pattison was born near Owensville, Ohio. He joined the Union Army during the American Civil War in 1864. After the war ended, Pattison attended Ohio Wesleyan University, graduating in 1869. He graduated from Cincinnati Law School in 1872,[1] and was admitted to the bar in 1872. Pattison briefly served in the Ohio House of Representatives in 1873 before working as an executive at an insurance company. Pattison was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1890 after briefly serving in the Ohio State Senate. He served one term from 1891 to 1893, but lost an 1892 bid for re-election. Pattison was elected governor in 1905. He entered office in January 1906 and served until his death in June.

Pattison attended his inauguration, but returned home ill that day. He never again returned to the executive office. Pattison directed the government from his bed until he died at his home Promont, near Milford, Ohio.[2] His cause of death was Bright's disease.[3]

He is buried in Greenlawn Cemetery in Milford, Ohio.

Pattison was married twice. He married Aletheia Williams, who died leaving three children.[1] Another daughter had died.[4] His second wife was Anna Williams, sister of his first wife.[1]

Pattison was a thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason.[1]

In 2004, Pattison Elementary School was built in Milford as John Pattison's namesake. The school educates students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Pattison Park, located on US Highway 50 west of Owensville, is also named in his honor.



  1. ^ a b c d Powell, Thomas Edward, ed. (1913). The Democratic party of the state of Ohio: a comprehensive history. 1. The Ohio Publishing Company. pp. 410–413.
  2. ^ Sandles, A P; Doty, E W (eds.). The biographical annals of Ohio 1906-1907-1908 : A handbook of the Government and Institutions of the State of Ohio. State of Ohio. p. 551.
  3. ^ "Gov. Pattison is dead" (PDF). New York Times. June 19, 1906. Retrieved 2012-01-14.
  4. ^ Goss, Charles Frederic (1912). Cincinnati, the Queen City, 1788-1912. 3. Cincinnati: S J Clarke Publishing Company. pp. 369–370.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Albert C. Thompson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 11th congressional district

March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1893
Succeeded by
Charles H. Grosvenor
Political offices
Preceded by
Myron T. Herrick
Governor of Ohio
Succeeded by
Andrew L. Harris
Party political offices
Preceded by
Tom L. Johnson
Democratic Party nominee for Governor of Ohio
Succeeded by
Judson Harmon