Born at Lima, New York, May 18, 1900, he was elected to the United States Senate in 1958 and served from January 3, 1959 to January 2, 1965. He was an unsuccessful candidate for that office in 1964, losing a re-election bid to Robert Francis Kennedy who had moved to New York from Massachusetts in order to seek a Senate seat.
He was elected the the New York State Court of Appeals in 1965 and served there until his resignation in 1969 in order to become U.S. Ambassador to India where he served until 1972.
He was then U.S. Ambassador to Israel from August 1973 until his death on May 5, 1975. He is buried in Section 5 of Arlington National Cemetery, not far from the Kennedy Brothers' gravesites.
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Representative and a Senator from New York; born in Lima, Livingston County, N.Y., May 18, 1900; attended the public schools; graduated from Genesee Wesleyan Seminary, Lima, N.Y., in 1915, from the University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y., in 1919, and from Harvard Law School in 1923; was admitted to the bar in 1923 and commenced practice in Rochester, N.Y.; during the First World War served as a sergeant in the United States Army; during the Second World War served overseas and was promoted to brigadier general in 1948; resumed the practice of law; elected as a Republican to the Eightieth Congress; reelected to the five succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1947-January 3, 1959); was not a candidate for renomination in 1958; elected to the United States Senate in 1958 and served from January 3, 1959, to January 2, 1965; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1964; elected to New York State Court of Appeals in 1965; served until his resignation in 1969 to become United States Ambassador to India 1969-1972; served as Ambassador to Israel from August 1973, until his death in New York City, May 5, 1975; interment in Arlington National Cemetery, Fort Myer, Va.
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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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