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PATTERSON, Robert, clergyman, born in Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland, in 1829. He was educated in his native town and in Londonderry, emigrated to the United States, and after a course in the theological seminary of the Reformed Presbyterian church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was licensed to preach in 1851. He was ordained the next year, engaged in missionary work, and in 1854 became pastor of the 1st Reformed Presbyterian church of Cincinnati, Ohio. He was in charge of churches in Chicago, 111., from 1857 till 1873, and in San Francisco in 1874-'8, returned to Cincinnati in the latter year, and accepted a call from the Central Presbyterian church of that city, serving for two years. Since 1880 he has been pastor of the church in Brooklyn, Alameda County, California He has received the degree of D.D. His publications include "The Fables of Infidelity and the Facts of Faith" (Cincinnati, 1860) ; " The American Sabbath" (Philadelphia, 1868) ; " The Sabbath, Scientific, American, and Christian" (1870) ; "Christianity the only Republican Religion" (1871); "Christ's Testimony to the Scriptures" (1872) ; and "Egypt's Place in History" (1875).
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