John Malcolm Patterson

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John Malcolm Patterson
John Malcolm Patterson.jpg
44th Governor of Alabama
In office
January 19, 1959 – January 14, 1963
LieutenantAlbert Boutwell
Preceded byJim Folsom
Succeeded byGeorge Wallace
Attorney General of Alabama
In office
January 17, 1955 – January 19, 1959
GovernorJim Folsom
Preceded byBernard Sykes
Succeeded byMacDonald Gallion
Personal details
Born(1921-09-27)September 27, 1921
Goldville, Alabama, U.S.
DiedJune 4, 2021(2021-06-04) (aged 99)
Goldville, Alabama, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic Party
Spouse(s)
  • Gladys Broadwater
    (m. 1942; div. 1945)
  • Mary Jo McGowin
    (m. 1947; div. 1975)
  • Tina Sawyer (m. 1975)
Alma materUniversity of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceUnited States Army seal United States Army
Years of service1939–1945
1951–1953
RankUS-O4 insignia.svg Major
Battles/warsWorld War II
Korean War

John Malcolm Patterson (September 27, 1921 – June 4, 2021) was an American politician. He was the 44th Governor of the U.S. state of Alabama.[1] He served as governor from 1959 to 1963. Patterson was a member of the Democratic Party.

Patterson ran with the support of the Ku Klux Klan when he won the Governorship of Alabama in 1958.[2]

Patterson was born in Goldville, Alabama. He died on June 4, 2021 in Goldville, aged 99.[3][4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "John Patterson: In the Wake of the Assassins". Archived from the original on 2013-07-18. Retrieved 2014-03-29.
  2. Mccabe, Daniel (writer, director, producer), Paul Stekler (writer, director, producer), Steve Fayer (writer) (2000). George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire (Documentary). Boston, USA: American Experience.
  3. "Former Alabama Gov. John Patterson dies at 99". WSFA. June 5, 2021. Retrieved June 6, 2021.
  4. McFadden, Robert D. (June 5, 2021). "John M. Patterson, Segregationist Alabama Governor, Dies at 99". The New York Times. Retrieved June 6, 2021.


Preceded by
David P. Buckson
Oldest living American governor
January 18, 2017 – June 4, 2021
Succeeded by
Al Quie