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Representative from Illinois; born in Jacksonville, Morgan County, Illinois, January 9, 1899; attended the public schools; during the First World War served overseas as a Private in the United States Marine Corps in 1918 and 1919; was graduated from Illinois College at Jacksonville in 1921 and from the law department of Harvard University in 1924; was admitted to the bar in 1924 and commenced the practice of law in Jacksonville, Ill.; served as county judge of Morgan County, Ill., 1926-1934; resumed the practice of law 1934-1939; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-sixth and Seventy-seventh Congresses (January 3, 1939-January 3, 1943); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1942 to the Seventy-eighth Congress; appointed administrative assistant to President Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 1, 1943, and served until July 15, 1945; resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C., where he died June 8, 1958; interment in Arlington National Cemetery.
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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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