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Lifetime: 1921 - 2021 Passed: ≈ 2 years ago


American Politician


United States

John Patterson

John Malcolm Patterson was an American politician who served one term as the 44th Governor of the U.S. state of Alabama from 1959 to 1963 and as his state's attorney general from 1955 to 1959.

His turbulent tenure as governor was roiled by numerous civil rights protests and a long-running extramarital affair with Tina Sawyer, a mother-of-two who would eventually become his third wife. Patterson sought and ran with the support of the Ku Klux Klan when he won the governorship of Alabama in 1958. As governor, he was staunchly pro-segregation. He expressed regret for this position later in life.

Patterson came to wider attention in the mid-1950s, when he and his father Albert (who was murdered in 1954) fought against criminal organizations who controlled the town of Phenix City, Alabama. In 2003, Patterson was the presiding judge over former Chief Justice Roy Moore's appeal against his removal from the Alabama Supreme Court.

Books by John Patterson

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The Man-Eaters of Tsavo

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The Man-eaters of Tsavo is a semi-autobiographical book written by British soldier and author John Henry Patterson. Published in 1907, it recounts his experiences in Africa while supervising the construction of a railroad bridge over the Tsavo river...