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Representative from Arkansas; born on a farm near Garfield, Benton County, Ark., December 21, 1908; attended the public schools of Fayetteville, Ark.; University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, B.S., and attended the school of law at the same university; attended George Washington University Law School and American University in Washington, D.C.; teacher in the rural schools at Garfield, Ark., in 1927 and 1928; superintendent of schools at Garfield, Ark., 1929-1934; was admitted to the bar in 1933 and commenced practice at Bentonville, Ark.; served in the State house of representatives, 1933-1935; member of the State senate, 1935-1939; delegate, Democrat National Convention, 1940; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-sixth Congress; reelected to the Seventy-seventh Congress (January 3, 1939-January 3, 1943); was not a candidate for reelection in 1942 but was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for United States Senator; served as combat officer in the United States Navy, 1943-1945; general manager of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Washington, D.C., from January 1943 until retirement in September 1967; appointed as special consultant to the Secretary of Agriculture, January 1968 to January 1969; special area development assistant to Senator John L. McClellan from February 1971 until 1977; returned to the staff of the Secretary of Agriculture and was employed there until his retirement in August 1979; resided in Chevy Chase, Md.; died in Washington, D.C., February 9, 1980; interment in Arlington National Cemetery.
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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