John Patton Jr.

John Patton Jr. (October 30, 1850 – May 24, 1907) was a U.S. Senator from the state of Michigan.

John Patton Jr.
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United States Senator
from Michigan
In office
May 5, 1894 – January 14, 1895
Appointed byJohn T. Rich
Preceded byFrancis B. Stockbridge
Succeeded byJulius C. Burrows
Personal details
Born(1850-10-30)October 30, 1850
Curwensville, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedMay 24, 1907(1907-05-24) (aged 56)
Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Frances Foster
Parent(s)John Patton
Catherine (Ennis) Patton
Alma materColumbia University Law School
Yale University
Phillips Academy
ProfessionLawyer, Banker

Patton, the son of John Patton and the brother of Charles Emory Patton, was born in Curwensville, Pennsylvania. He prepared for college at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, and graduated from Yale College, where he served on the third editorial board of The Yale Record[1] and was a member of Skull and Bones in 1875.[2]

After graduating from the law department of Columbia College, New York City, in 1877, he moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1878, was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced the practice of law.

He was appointed by the Governor of Michigan John T. Rich as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Francis B. Stockbridge and served from May 5, 1894, to January 14, 1895, when a successor was elected and qualified. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1895 to fill the vacancy, losing to Julius Caesar Burrows.

He was then a banker and a member and later president of the Board of Library Commissioners of Grand Rapids.

He died in Grand Rapids and is interred in Oak Hill Cemetery there.


  1. ^ "Record Editors". The Yale Banner. New Haven: Thomas Penney and G. D. Pettee. 1877. p. 182.
  2. ^ Millegan, Kris (2003). "The Skeleton Crew". Fleshing Out Skull and Bones: Investigations into America's Most Powerful Secret Society. Walterville, OR: Trine Day. pp. 597–690. ISBN 0-9720207-2-1. "This list is compiled from material from the Order of Skull and Bones membership books at Sterling Library, Yale University and other public records. The latest books available are the 1971 Living members and the 1973 Deceased Members books. The last year the members were published in the Yale Banner is 1969."


U.S. Senate
Preceded by U.S. senator (Class 1) from Michigan
Served alongside: James McMillan
Succeeded by