William A. Patton

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WILLIAM A. PATTON, county superintendent of public schools of Armstrong county, and one of the desirable citizens of Kittanning, was born in Kittanning township, this county, Sept. 8, 1864, son of John M. and Elizabeth (Stark) Patton.

John M. Patton was born in Armstrong county, where he was reared, and developed into a farmer. In 1864 he enlisted in the 78th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, but later was transferred to the 109th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, with which he served until the close of the war. His death occurred in January, 1890, and his widow survived until 1904. They had eleven children: Mary E., deceased; Sarah, deceased; Margaret, deceased; Elizabeth E.; John S.; Dr. James M., a physician of Vandergrift, Pa.; Rebecca, widow of Dr. A. E. Heilman, deceased; Howard, deceased; William A.; Thomas S., deceased; and Samuel M.

William A. Patton attended the public schools of Kittanning township; Elderton Academy, and Edinboro normal school, from which he was graduated in 1889. In 1897 he entered Grove City College, from which he was graduated in 1899. In the intervals between his academic courses he taught school, in order to earn the money to carry on his studies. Among other places, he was stationed in Kittanning township, at Utica, Pa., Cochranton, Crawford Co., Pa, and Parker City, Pa. In 1900 he was appointed principal of the Elderton Academy, and served as such for eight years, bringing that institution up to a high standard. In 1908 he was elected county superintendent of schools of Armstrong county, and was reelected to the same office in May, 1911. Fraternally he is a member of the Royal Arcanum and Sons of Veterans. His religious connection is with the Presbyterian Church.

In 1889 Mr. Patton married Emma G. Kline, daughter of George W. and Susan Kline. Mrs. Patton died March 20, 1911.

Source: Page 430, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed September 2001 by Vaughn Davis for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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