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United States Marshal Joab Patterson 1867-1886

United States Marshal Joab Patterson 1867-1886

Joab Patterson served as part of the New Hampshire House of State Representatives until his appointment as United States Marshal for the District of New Hampshire in 1867, and served until 1886.  

Born on Jan. 2, 1835 in Hopkinton, NH, Joab Patterson work as a teacher in New Hampshire and Massachusetts and was a graduate of Dartmouth in 1860. In 1861, Joab Patterson opened a recruiting office in Contoocook, NH and raised a company of men for service in the Civil War. Joab Patterson was commissioned as First Lieutenant of Company H, 2nd Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers. 1 Lt. Patterson was promoted to Captain in May 1862 and was wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg the following year. Capt. Patterson was promoted to the rank of colonel before the end of the Civil War. In 1865 Joab Patterson was appointed Brevet Brigadier General of U.S. Volunteers.  Gen. Patterson further served in the Spanish-American War and was influential in the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.). Joab Patterson was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 1866 and served as Second Auditor of the U.S. Treasury from 1889 to 1893. General Joab Patterson died on Jul. 19, 1923, in Concord, NH at his home.

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