Biography of James G. Patterson
Cambria County, PA Biographies

James G. Patterson is widely known throughout Cambria County as the vice president of the First National Bank of Portage. He was born in Hanover Township, Columbiana County, Ohio, Aug. 21, 1866, and is the son of John and Jeannette (McBain) Patterson.

John Patterson, deceased, was a native of Scotland. When a young boy he came to this country and settled in Ohio He owned and operated a large farm in Columbiana County for many years and died in 1871. He served throughout the Civil war. Both Mr. and Mrs. Patterson were life members of the Presbyterian Church, and he was identified with the Grand Army of the Republic. To Mr. and Mrs. Patterson, who were married in Scotland, were born the following children: Robert, deceased; Margaret; John; Charles; James C., the subject of this sketch; Ella, lives near Lisbon, Ohio.

James G. Patterson spent his boyhood in Columbiana County, Ohio, and attended the district schools. lie learned the blacksmith trade, which he followed for a number of years. He has lived at Portage since 1894 and has always taken an active interest in the affairs of the town. He is president of the Portage Building and Loan Association and has extensive real estate holdings.

On Dec. 25, 1888, Mr. Patterson was united in marriage with Miss Sarah Ann Pearce, of Houtzdale, Pa., the daughter of George and Sarah Pearce, natives of England. Mr. and Mrs. Patterson have four children: Charles R., lives at Portage, married Verna McMonigal, of Portage; Eva L., married D. H. Hepner, an attorney, lives at Akron, Ohio, and they have three children, Eunice, Jeanne and Robert; Percy, lives at Portage, married Helen Vaughn, and they have a son, Robert; and Jeannette, lives at home, is a graduate of Portage High School and Lock Haven Normal School, teaches in the Portage schools.

Politically Mr. Patterson is a Republican. He is a member of the United Brethren Church, Masonic Lodge, and Knights of Pythias. He is president of the Portage Civic Club and has served as a member of the school board and City Council. He is a substantial and excellent citizen.

History of Cambria County, Pennsylvania
By: John E. Gable
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis, 1926

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