PATTERSON, LaFayette Lee, (1888 - 1987)


PATTERSON, LaFayette Lee, a Representative from Alabama; born near Delta, Clay County, Ala., August 23, 1888; attended the rural schools; engaged in agricultural pursuits and taught in the rural schools; was graduated from Jacksonville (Ala.) State Teachers’ College in 1922, from Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, Ala., in 1924, and from Stanford University in 1927; superintendent of education of Tallapoosa County, Ala., 1924-1926; elected as a Democrat to the Seventieth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William B. Bowling; reelected to the two succeeding Congresses and served from November 6, 1928, to March 3, 1933; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1932; moved to Gadsden, Etowah County, Ala., in 1931; field representative for the Agricultural Adjustment Administration 1933-1943; special assistant to the War Food Administration in 1943-1945; special adviser to the Secretary of Agriculture 1945-1947; liaison officer for the Democratic National Committee in 1948; assistant professor of history at Jacksonville (Ala.) State College 1948-1951; delegate at large to the Democratic National Convention in 1952; moved to Raleigh, N.C., in 1952 and engaged in the travel business; moved to Alabama and resumed profession as teacher in 1965; was a resident of Montgomery, Ala.; died in Birmingham, Ala., on March 3, 1987; interment in Bethlehem Cemetery, New Site, Ala.