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This collection is contained in two series, the first being George S. Patton Jr.’s letters to his Aunt “Nannie” and his mother from both VMI and West Point (1903-1908). The second being George S. Patton Jr.’s book “My Father as I remembered him.”, which contains a biography of his father, George S. Patton, and a brief biography of other family members, including himself up to 1927.

In Patton’s book “My Father as I remembered him,” he gives brief descriptions and stories about his family, starting with the first “Patton” and ending with himself in 1927. The first “Patton” was Robert William Patton, born in Ayrshire, Scotland around 1750, who became one of the first Virginia settlers in the 1770s. Robert Patton married Anne Gordon Mercer in 1797 and began the Patton Family lineage. Their son Robert Patton (father of George Smith Patton Sr. and Waller Tazewell Patton) was born in 1798. George S. Patton Sr. was a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute Class of 1852 and a Colonel in the Confederate States of America from 1861-1864. His brother, Waller T. Patton was an 1855 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and a Colonel in the Confederate States of America from 1861-1863. He was killed at the Battle of Gettysburg. George Smith Patton, Jr., was born in 1856 and graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1877. He married Ruth Wilson and they became the parents of George S. Patton Jr in 1885. After holding the office of Mayor in San Marino, California from 1913-1922 and then 1922-1924, he retired and later died in 1927. The book is fully typed with handwritten annotations and corrections from George S. Patton Jr., with his initials at the top right hand corner of each page.

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Collection Size

1 box, .5 cubic feet

Publication Date

July 2019


memoir, George Smith Patton Jr., letters


Literature in English, North America | United States History

Document Type

Finding Aid

MS – 244: Papers of George S. Patton Jr.