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John Patton Jr.

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John Patton Jr October 30, 1850 – May 24, 1907 was a US Senator from the state of Michigan

Patton, the son of John Patton and the brother of Charles Emory Patton, was born in Curwensville, Pennsylvania He prepared for college at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts and graduated from Yale College, where he served on the third editorial board of The Yale Record1 and was a member of Skull and Bones in 18752

After graduating from the law department of Columbia College, New York City, in 1877, he moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1878, was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced the practice of law

He was appointed by the Governor of Michigan John T Rich as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Francis B Stockbridge and served from May 5, 1894, to January 14, 1895, when a successor was elected and qualified He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1895 to fill the vacancy, losing to Julius Caesar Burrows

He was then a banker and a member and later president of the Board of Library Commissioners of Grand Rapids

He died in Grand Rapids and is interred in Oak Hill Cemetery there


  1. ^ "Record Editors" The Yale Banner New Haven: Thomas Penney and G D Pettee 1877 p 182
  2. ^ Millegan, Kris 2003 "The Skeleton Crew" Fleshing Out Skull and Bones: Investigations into America's Most Powerful Secret Society Walterville, OR: Trine Day pp 597–690 ISBN 0-9720207-2-1  "This list is compiled from material from the Order of Skull and Bones membership books at Sterling Library, Yale University and other public records The latest books available are the 1971 Living members and the 1973 Deceased Members books The last year the members were published in the Yale Banner is 1969"


  • United States Congress "John Patton Jr id: P000141" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 
US Senate
Preceded by
Francis B Stockbridge
US Senator Class 1 from Michigan
Served alongside: James McMillan
Succeeded by
Julius C Burrows

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