HON. THOMAS EDWIN PATTERSON. Few members of the Spalding County bar have advanced more steadily to eminence than has Hon. Thomas Edwin Patterson, pioneer commissioner of Georgia, and a man whose devotion to the cause of civic betterment is, aside from his success as a lawyer, the most interesting feature of his career to the general public regard.
A native son of Spalding County, he was born on his father's plantation, October 8, 1868, and. is a son of H. T. and Anna (Martin) Patterson. He belongs to an old and honored family of Georgia, whence his grandfather came from North Carolina, not long after the year 1800, and his parents were both born and passed their lives here, his father being a prosperous and prominent planter.
After attending Sunnyside District School, in Spalding County, Judge Patterson entered Harperville College. Mississippi, where he spent two years and one year at Bowden College, Georgia, and like many others who have succeeded in the law7 spent a period in the school room. After three
years as a teacher in the country districts, he took up the study of his chosen calling, and was admitted to the bar in 1892 and at once engaged in practice at Griffin.
His knowledge of the law, both broad and accurate soon brought him to the forefront, and he has been called upon to fill offices of importance and responsibility. He has been both solicitor and judge of the City Court of Griffin at various times, and in July, 1911, was appointed a member of
the Georgia State Prison Commission. His professional connections include membership in the Spalding County Bar Association and the Georgia State Bar Association.
Judge Patterson was well known in fraternal circles, being a member of the Blue Lodge, Chapter, Council, Commandery and Shrine in Masonry, in which he is Past Master of Meridian Sun Lodge No. 26 in 1910, Past High Priest and Past Eminent Commander; and of the Improved Order of Red Men, in which he is past great sachem of Georgia.
For a number of years he has taken an active and helpful interest in the work of the Sunday school as teacher of a Baroca Class, as well as in other religious movements, and was ex-president of the Georgia State Mission Society of the Christian Church.
As jurist, lawyer and citizen he has performed successfully and conscientiously the duties devolving upon him. and is generally accounted a credit to his profession and to the county in which he was born and has spent his life.
On June 20, 1894, Judge Patterson was united in marriage with Miss Mary Brewster, of Newnan, Georgia, and a member of an old and honored
family of this state. She has been active in the religious and charitable work of the Methodist Church and has been state president of the Georgia Women's Christian Temperance Union for many years. She was prominetly known in social circles of Griffin.