Member Biography

Edward Wagner Patton 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1915-1916       4 Republican
1917-1918       4 Republican
1919-1920       4 Republican
1921-1922       4 Republican
1923-1924       4 Republican
1925-1926       4 Republican

COUNTIES: Philadelphia  


06/09/1846 - 04/06/1926

Colonel Edward Wagner Patton (R4) Philadelphia (Part) County 1915-1926

Early Life:

Colonel Edward Wagner Patton, born, June 9, 1846, Fifth and Spruce Streets, city of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; Locust Street Grammar, Boy’s Central High School, Philadelphia, left school, 1863; Civil War, 1863- 1865; appointed, Chief Paymaster, Pay District of Pennsylvania, 1865 - 1867; First Lieutenant, Quartermaster, 3rd Regiment National Guard of Pennsylvania, Major and  aide-de-camp, Lieutenant Colonel, Commissary, 1880-1892; served, Select Council of Philadelphia, 1877- 1915; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1915-1926; married, Mary Lee Patton, children, James Lee Patton, Price I. Patton III; died, April 6, 1926 (age 79), in office of the Senate, city of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; Interment, West Laurel Hill Cemetery, 215 Belmont Ave, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. 

Early Career:

Part of 44th class at Boy’s Central High School, Philadelphia left school, 1863, Civil War; served in Landis Missouri Battery, appointed officer, United States Navy, served, United States Ship Massachusetts, United States Ship Donegal, discharged, January 1865. 

Pursued successful business and mining ventures in New Mexico and Washington State, in the business of furnishing surety, judicial, fidelity and miscellaneous bonds, and general insurance.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Republican leader, 27th Ward, Philadelphia, Philadelphia City mercantile appraiser. 

Appointed, chief clerk under Major Frank Marx Etting, Chief Paymaster, Pay District of Pennsylvania, May 1865 - August 1867. 

First Lieutenant and Quartermaster, 3rd Regiment National Guard of Pennsylvania, Major, aide-de-camp, Lieutenant Colonel, Commissary under Generals John F. Hartranft and George R. Snowden 1880-1892.  

Select Council of Philadelphia, 1877- 1915, resigned, elected Pennsylvania State Senate.

Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1904, 1908. 

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 4th district, Philadelphia (Part) County, 1915-1926, committee assignments, Appropriations, Banks and Building and Loan Associations, City Passenger Railways, Corporations, Exposition Affairs, Judiciary General, Judiciary Special, Municipal Affairs, Pension and Gratuities Committees, Public Grounds and Buildings (Chairman); died, April 6, 1926, in office of the Senate, last seated Civil War Veteran, Pennsylvania State Senate. 


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members P"Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

The Pennsylvania Manual, (1923-1924). Whitmore, R.E., (Compiler). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 983, 988, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 964.

Smull's Legislative Hand Book and Manual of the State of Pennsylvania - Google Books

The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians: Patton

The Washington Observer (Washington, Pennsylvania) April 7, 1926.

Pvt Edward Wagner Patton (1846-1926) - Find a Grave Memorial