Frederic William Patterson

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Frederic William Patterson

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  • 1916-1971 (Creation)
    Patterson, Frederic William, 1877-1965

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29 cm of textual records
2 audio tape cassettes
3 audio tape reels

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Frederic William Patterson was born in Saint John, New Brunswick on July 18, 1877 to Henry Miller Patterson and Mary Frances (McLeod) Patterson. He attended public school in Woodstock, New Brunswick and graduated from Provincial Normal School in 1894. In 1899 he was ordained to the Baptist ministry and the following year he traveled to Western Canada and began ministry there, holding pastorates in Baptist Churches in Calgary, Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, and Winnipeg, Manitoba. F.W. Patterson married Minnie Ray Johnson of Oxford, Nova Scotia in 1904, in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

In 1919 Patterson became the secretary of the Baptist Union of Western Canada. For eight years during his time in the West he was the editor of the Western Baptist and was concurrently a member and later chairman of the General Board of Education of the Baptist Union of Western Canada. He was also a member of the Senate and Board of Governors of Brandon College in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He returned to Eastern Canada to become president of Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, in 1923, a position which he served for 25 years, retiring in 1948.

Although he never received a formal degree from an accredited university, F.W. Patterson received several honorary titles. He was granted a Doctorate of Divinity from McMaster University in 1916, a Doctor of Laws from University of Alberta in 1922, a Doctor of Civil Laws from Mount Allison University in 1945, and a Doctor of Laws from Dalhousie University in 1948.

Frederic William Patterson passed away in his home in Wolfville, NS, on February 10, 1965, following a long period of ill health.

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The fonds consists of three series: 1. Acadia University Office of the President records, 2. Davison records, 3. Reference files.
The first series consists of Patterson’s Office of the President records. The second series consists of material that was collected by his daughter, Enid Davison, and his son-in-law, Dr. J. Davison, after his death. The final series is reference material that was collected by Acadia University librarians and archivists after Patterson’s death.

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