Courtesy of the Congress of the United States:
Senator from West Virginia; born in Brown, Harrison County, W.Va., January 11, 1893; attended the public schools; graduated from the law department of West Virginia University at Morgantown in 1914 and was admitted to the bar the same year; taught school in Hancock, W.Va., in 1914 and 1915; organized the first high school in Raleigh County, W.Va., in 1915, serving as its principal for one year; commenced the practice of law in Beckley, W.Va., in 1916; during the First World War served in the Infantry from 1917, until discharged as a captain in 1920; organized the West Virginia National Guard in 1921 and retired as a colonel in 1953; judge of
the criminal court of Raleigh County, W.Va., 1933-1940; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1940; reelected in 1946 and again in 1952, and served from January 3, 1941, until his death in the naval hospital at Bethesda, Md., February 28, 1956; chairman, Committee on the Judiciary (Eighty-fourth Congress); interment in Arlington National Cemetery, Fort Myer, Va.
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.
Reviewed by: Michael Howard