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Patterson, Benjamin B. "Ben"

Senate 1963-66 (District 58)

Party when first elected:  Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus

Counties Served:  Cass, Itasca

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 8/15/1910
Birth Place: Hibbing, Minnesota
Birth County: St. Louis
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 7/5/1986
Gender: Male
Religion:
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names: Ben
City of Residence (when first elected): Deer River
Occupation (when first elected): Resort Owner; Pines Resort, Deer River

EDUCATION

University of North Dakota, Grand Forks; B.S.; Commerce, 1940
University of Minnesota; Attended Graduate School; 1966

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

State Legislative Staff: Minnesota Senate (Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Senate); 1957 to 1962

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Viola
Children: Three children: Jane and Barbara (daughters)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

"In 1962 he ran for state senator as an Independent on the conservative side…" (Obituary, Star Tribune, July 6, 1986)

He had a stroke in 1970 and moved to Rochester, Minnesota in 1971.

He died after a long illness at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. A memorial service was held at the Masonic Lodge in Deer River, Minnesota.

Total Days Served: 1456

SESSIONS SERVED

64th Legislative Session (1965-1966) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 58
Elected: 11/6/1962
Residence: Deer River
Term of Office: 1/8/1963 to 1/2/1967
Counties Represented: Cass, Itasca
Occupation: Resort Owner; Pines Resort, Deer River
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus Party Notes: "In 1962 he ran for state senator as an Independent on the conservative side…" (Obituary, Star Tribune, July 6, 1986)
Committees:
  • Game and Fish
  • Public Domain
  • Public Highways
  • Towns and Counties
  • Transportation and Communications
Ran in next election? Yes. Defeated in general election

63rd Legislative Session (1963-1964)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 58
Elected: 11/6/1962
Residence: Deer River
Term of Office: 1/8/1963 to 1/2/1967
Counties Represented: Cass, Itasca
Occupation: Resort Owner; Pines Resort, Deer River
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus Party Notes: "In 1962 he ran for state senator as an Independent on the conservative side…" (Obituary, Star Tribune, July 6, 1986)
Committees:
  • Game and Fish
  • Public Domain
  • Public Highways
  • Towns and Counties
  • Transportation and Communications