Congressional Papers of E. W. Patterson

Collection Summary

Title: Congressional Papers of E. W. Patterson
Call Number: MS 75-12
Size: 0.5 linear feet
Acquisition: Donated by Dan Carney
Processed by: KFS, 5-30-1991; SMC, 4-7-1998; MN, 1-2009
Restrictions: None

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Content Note

This collection contains newspaper clippings dealing with E. W. Patterson's career as a Kansas Congressman and his political campaigns, 1930-1938. The collection also contains various souvenirs and autographs from Patterson's colleagues.


E. W. Patterson was born October 4, 1895, in Pittsburg, Kansas. After graduating from Pittsburg High School in 1914 he attended the Kansas State Teachers College. In 1917 he served with the 35th Division of the A.E.F. in France. After graduating from the University of Kansas Law School in 1922, Patterson practiced law in Pittsburg. He became active in politics in 1922 when he campaigned for the Democratic ticket in Crawford County, Kansas. In 1926 he was elected County Attorney of Crawford County. Patterson won the Congressional seat for the Third District in Kansas in 1932. He was reelected 3 times to this position. Patterson was married to Leah Kennedy and they had two children. Patterson died in 1940.

Detailed Description: Box and Folder Listing

Box 1 FF 1 Contains newspaper clippings and campaign flyers related to Patterson's political campaign in the 1930s. Most are undated and the newspaper is not identified.
Box 1 FF 2 Contains undated, unidentified newspaper clippings regarding Patterson, c. 1930s.
Box 1 FF 3 Contains unidentified newspaper clippings regarding Patterson's third term in Congress, 1937.
Box 1 FF 4 Contains miscellaneous unidentified newspaper clippings regarding Kansas politics during the 1930s.
Box 1 FF 5 Contains newspapers regarding Patterson's Congressional career, including the Washington Post, 1937.
Box 1 FF 6 Contains propaganda for the Democratic Party and Patterson's campaigns.
Box 1 FF 7 Contains speeches and comments by Patterson.
Box 1 FF 8 Contains letters, 1932-1933 regarding campaigns.
Box 1 FF 9 Contains information on Huey P. Long. Contains "I Remember the Kingfish, a Sketch of Senator Huey P. Long," by Leah Patterson.
Box 1 FF 10 Contains souvenirs, including inauguration programs, invitations, autographs (Franklin D. Roosevelt) and certificates of election.
Box 1 FF 11 Contains souvenirs, including two pamphlets from the Democratic Party (1938) with pictures of various members; contains two pictorial directories of the 74th and 75th Congress; contains the Congressional Record for the 76th Congress.
Box 1 FF 12 Contains photographs; contains several autographed photographs of colleagues, like John M. Houston, and Randolph Carpenter. Contains a photograph of Pittsburg, Kansas, during the 1934 campaign. Contains the photograph of a group of unidentified men, possibly other politicians. Contains two photographs of Patterson.