James Patton (politician)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
James Patton
2nd Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi
In office
GovernorGeorge Poindexter
Preceded byDuncan Stewart
Succeeded byDavid Dickson
Personal details
ResidenceWinchester, Mississippi

James Patton was the Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi from 1820 to 1822.[1] He lived in Winchester, Mississippi.[2]


Patton was born in Abbeville County, South Carolina on September 26, 1780.

In 1801, Patton was appointed one of the commissioners for the marking of a land route from the Gulf of Mexico to Natchez, Mississippi.[3]:567

Patton served as a probate judge in Wayne County, Mississippi.[3]:943

in 1810, Patton served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Cavalry,[3]:243 and in 1819 he was a Major General in the Mississippi State Militia.[3]:234

"Patton's Fort" was erected at Winchester in 1813 during the Creek War, and Patton was the commander.[2]

Patton was one of a three-member commission that selected Jackson, Mississippi as the site for the state capitol. Patton, with Thomas Hinds and William Lattimore, had made their way up the Pearl River in 1820 in search of a suitable location.[4]

Patton was described in 1880 as:

One of the leading men of his day, of great personal popularity. He resided in Winchester, then a beautiful village, which he made a center of political influence, second only to Natchez. Judge Powhatan Ellis and Judge John Black, who both became U.S. Senators, commenced life there under his auspices, as did several other prominent men. He was a man of courtly manners, a fine writer and impressive speaker; was elected Lieutenant-Governor and would have attained the highest honor of the State, but for his premature death.[5]

He died in Winchester, Mississippi on May 3, 1830 and was buried in the Patton Family Cemetery in Winchester.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sumners, Cecil L. (1998). The Governors of Mississippi. Pelican. p. 152.
  2. ^ a b Wilkins, Jesse M. (1902). "Early Times in Wayne County". Wayne County, Mississippi, Genealogical and Historical Research.
  3. ^ a b c d Rowland, Dunbar (1907). Mississippi: Comprising Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form. 2. Southern Historical Publishing Association.
  4. ^ "Mississippi: The WPA Guide to the Magnolia State". Viking Press. 1938. pp. 210, 211.
  5. ^ Claiborne, John Francis Hamtramck (1880). Mississippi, as a Province, Territory and State: With Biographical Notices of Eminent Citizens. Power & Barksdale. p. 356.
Political offices
Preceded by
Duncan Stewart
Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi
Succeeded by
David Dickson