Harold Patten

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Harold Patten
Harold Patten.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1949-January 3, 1955
Succeeded byStewart Udall
Personal details
BornOctober 6, 1907
Husted, Colorado
DiedSeptember 6, 1969(1969-09-06) (aged 61)
Tucson, Arizona
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of Arizona
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1940-1960
RankLieutenant colonel
UnitSeventh Cavalry Regiment
Air Corps
Air Force Reserve
Battles/warsWorld War II

Harold Ambrose Patten (October 6, 1907 - September 6, 1969) was a Representative in the United States House of Representatives from Arizona.


Patten was born in Husted, Colorado on October 6, 1907. In 1916, he moved to Tucson, Arizona. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1930, and was a coach and teacher of physical education in Tucson High School in 1931 and 1932. He served as director of recreation for the city of Tucson and city schools from 1933 to 1939, and was the State director of recreation in 1939 and 1940.

Entering military service with the Seventh Cavalry Regiment as a first lieutenant in August 1940, he was transferred to the Air Corps in 1941 and spent thirty-one months on foreign service in Africa and Italy. He was discharged as a major on November 21, 1945, and retired July 1, 1960, as a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve.

He worked as a life insurance agent in Phoenix from 1946 to 1948, and began his political career as a Democrat elected to the 81st, 82nd, and 83rd United States Congresses, serving from January 3, 1949 to January 3, 1955. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1954 and was defeated for the Democratic nomination in 1961 to fill a vacancy in the 87th United States Congress. He resumed his career in the insurance field, and in 1965, was appointed to head a Federal Job Corps Center in Oregon. In this capacity, he organized and directed a Center at Malheur Wildlife Refuge and was director of Center offices in Portland, Oregon.

He died in Tucson, Arizona on September 6, 1969, and willed his body to University of Arizona College of Medicine for research purposes.


  • United States Congress. "Harold Patten (id: P000107)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
New district
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Stewart Udall