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PATTISON, Thomas, naval officer, born in New York city, 8 February, 1822. He entered the navy as midshipman, 2 March, 1839, and saw service during the Mexican war. He was commissioned lieutenant, 19 September, 1854, and in 1857 was stationed at the Boston navy-yard, serving the next three years on the "Mississippi," of the East India squadron. In 1861 he was attached to the "Perry," of the Atlantic squadron. He was then transferred to the " Philadelphia," of the Potomac flotilla, which he commanded in October. He was made lieutenant-commander, 16 July, 1862, and commander, 3 March, 1865. In 1862 he was chief officer of the "Sumpter," of the South Atlantic squadron, and of the " Clara Dolson," of the Mississippi squadron, in 1863. From 1863 till 1865 he was in charge of the naval station at Memphis, Tennessee He was in command of the Norfolk navy-yard in 1867-'9, and in July, 1870, was promoted captain. After being in command of the "Richmond" in the West Indies in 1871, Captain Pattison took her to San Francisco the following year, and subsequently commanded the "Saranac" and the receiving-ship "Independence" at the Mare island navy-yard, Cal Promoted commodore, 11 December, 1877, he was for eighteen months in charge of the naval station at Port Royal, South Carolina, when he was transferred to the command of the navy-yard at Washington, D. C He was detached in July, 1883, made rear-admiral the following November, and retired 8 February, 1884 Admiral Pattison was the first American naval officer to enter Jeddo, now Tokio, Japan, and was lieutenant on the " Perry" when she captured the first privateer taken during the civil war in a night engagement off Charleston, South Carolina.
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