PATTON, J. Hervey, chairman of the Harrisburg Pipe Bending Company (limited) and also chairman of the Harrisburg Tinsmith Company (limited), was born in Harrisburg, Pa., October 26, 1857. His grandfather, John Patton, was one of the earliest settlers of Northumberland county, where he spent the greater portion of his life and died at Milton at an advanced age. He was the inventor of the screw propeller. William P. Patton, son of John and father of J. Hervey, was born at Milton, Northumberland county, and came to Harrisburg about the year 1850. For twenty years he was connected with the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. He was the first superintendent of the Harrisburg city water department. He was the designing architect in the construction of the People's Gas Light Company and superintendent of it until its consolidation with the United Gas Improvement Company. About 1885 he removed to Washington, D. C., and was engaged there for four years in the Patent Office. He removed to Jersey City in 1889, and has since been in the employment of Munn & Co., publishers of the Scientific American as one of their patent examiners. He married Margaret Able, mother of J. Hervey Patton.
J. Hervey Patton was educated in the public schools of the city, and after leaving school spent six years at telegraphy in the service of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. In 1879 he became connected with the Harrisburg Car Company in the capacity of corresponding and order clerk, and was continuously in the service of this company until the industry was discontinued. On the formation of the companies above named he was chosen to the position he so efficiently fills at this date.
Mr. Patton was married at Harrisburg, September 7, 1886, to Miss Anna W. Lynch, daughter of John S. and Elizabeth Lynch, the former at that date being recorder of deeds for Dauphin county. They have no children. Mr. Patton is a member of the Royal Arcanum. In political matters he acts with the Republicans. Both Mr. and Mrs. Patton are consistent members of Grace M. E. church. Mr. Patton is one of the stewards of that church.
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Date of Transcription: 18 Nov 2000
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