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1855-1858, John Pattee


1855-1858, John Pattee



John Pattee was born in Canada on July 23, 1820. His father was a Methodist missionary and preached in Canada. He came to Iowa around 1850 and was a carpenter in Bremer County. John married Lidia Lanning on Aug. 23, 1855. That same year he was appointed State Auditor by Governor Clark serving that position until Jan. 3, 1859. John Pattee also served as State Librarian from 1855 to 1858. John and Lidia had one son, Samuel. Lidia died in 1859. John married Priscilla Clark (sister of Iowa’s Governor E. Clark) on July 7, 1861. During the Civil War he served as Lieutenant Colonel of the 7th, 14th, and 41st Infantries. After the War, the Pattee family moved to the Dakotas. John Pattee died on Nov. 30, 1901 in Hot Springs, South Dakota. 1860 US. Federal Census, Jackson Township, Bremer County, Iowa, p.397, line 26, John Pattee household, (Online: Heritage Quest Co.) “Recent Deaths – Mrs. Priscilla Pattee.” Iowa Historical Record Apr 1887. 478 History of Johnson County, Iowa containing a history of the county, and its townships, cities and villages from 1836 to 1882. together with biographical sketches… Iowa City, IA: 1883. 891-892. A Brief History of the Seventh Iowa Cavalry, (Online:


State Librarians of Iowa 1837 - 2008 Compiled by Karon S. King Library Resource Technician State Library of Iowa 1112 East Grand Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50319 2008


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