Patterson was a senator from New Hampshire and was a Republican. He served from 1867 to 1873.
He was previously the representative for New Hampshire’s 3rd congressional district as a Republican from 1865 to 1867; and the representative for New Hampshire’s 3rd congressional district as a Republican from 1863 to 1865.
Alleged misconduct & resolution
Patterson faced an allegation of corruption in Credit Mobilier stock share purchases. On Feb. 27, 1873, the Morrill Committee made an unanimous recommendation of expulsion. In 1873, the Senate took no action due to expiration of Patterson's term.
|Feb. 27, 1873||Morrill Committee made an unanimous recommendation of expulsion.|
|1873||Senate took no action due to expiration of Patterson's term|
From Mar 1867 to Mar 1873, Patterson missed 1,035 of 2,261 roll call votes, which is 45.8%. This is much worse than the median of 31.3% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1873. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|Dec 1867-Feb 1868||55||16||29.1%||78th|
|Dec 1868-Mar 1869||156||39||25.0%||54th|
|Dec 1869-Feb 1870||81||17||21.0%||67th|
|Dec 1870-Mar 1871||194||117||60.3%||86th|
|Dec 1871-Feb 1872||79||26||32.9%||64th|
|Dec 1872-Mar 1873||195||95||48.7%||83rd|
The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo