- Harry M. Ward
Paterson, John (1744–19 July 1808), revolutionary war general and congressman, was born in Farmington, Connecticut, the son of John Paterson, a colonel in the militia, and Ruth Bird. Paterson was educated in the common schools, and he graduated from Yale in 1762. A few weeks later his father, who was serving in a military expedition, died in Havana from yellow fever. Paterson studied law while teaching school in New Britain and continued teaching part of each year after he became a practicing attorney. He married Elizabeth Lee in 1766; six of their seven children survived infancy....