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PATTERSON, Robert Mayne, clergyman, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 17 July, 1832. He was graduated at the Philadelphia high-school in 1849, was a reporter in the United States senate for five years, and subsequently studied law, and then divinity, in which he was graduated at the Princeton theological seminary in 1859. He was pastor of the Presbyterian church in Cherry Valley, Pennsylvania, from that date till 1867, and for the subsequent thirteen years of the South church, Philadelphia. Since 1880 he has edited the "Presbyterian Journal," and in 1883 he resumed the pastorate of the Cherry Valley church. He was a member of the committee of five to revise and publish the new "Digest of the Acts of the Assembly," in 1871, and was one of the council that met in London in 1875 to form the alliance of the Presbyterian churches of the world. He was a delegate to the Pan-Presbyterian councils in 1880 and 1884, read a paper on "Church Extension" before the former body, and edited the reports of its proceedings. Princeton gave him the degree of D.D. in 1884. Dr. Patterson has published several short histories of the Presbyterian church in the United States, and "History of Presbyterianism in Philadelphia" (Philadelphia, 1872); "Paradise, or the State and Place of Saved Souls between Death and the Resurrection" (1874); "Historical Sketch of the Synod of Philadelphia" (1876) ; "Visions of Heaven for the Life on Earth" (1877); "Elijah the Favored Man" (1880); and "History of the Synod of Pennsylvania" (1885).
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