I have been searching and researching for information on my 9th great grandfather, Nathaniel Pattinson (1899 Appleton, Wisconsin – 1985), and finally found some. This is a short article about his life and times. There is so much more I could write about this remarkable man, but space does not permit.

Family And Background

Nathaniel Pattinson was born on March 16, 1899, in Appleton, Wisconsin. He was the son of George and Eliza (Pringle) Pattinson. His father was a prominent dry-goods merchant in Appleton and a Freemason, which may have been a factor in Nathaniel’s later life. In 1920, Nathaniel married Ethel Hite and together they had five children – three boys and two girls. One of his daughters, Ruth, would later become a nurse and teacher, and raise three children of her own. The family lived in a house at 2414 Oak Street in Appleton. In his later years, he and his wife attended Grace Brethren Church in Appleton. He passed away on July 24, 1985, at the age of 86 years. He was a member of the Pattinson family, which had migrated from England to North America in the 1700s. His ancestors included English and Scottish settlers.

Early Life And Education

Nathaniel Pattinson grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin, and was educated in the local public schools. He graduated from Appleton High School in 1917, and then spent one year in the U.S. Army during World War I. Upon returning from the war, he began studying law at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He graduated with his law degree in 1921, and was then admitted to the practice of law in Wisconsin. He passed the bar exam and was then admitted to practice law in the state of Illinois. He became a successful and well-known attorney in Chicago, establishing a law practice in a large office with several partners. He was also active in a number of professional organizations in both Wisconsin and Illinois. In 1985, he was inducted into the Wisconsin Bar Association (Criminal) Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Appleton City Council from 1961 to 1963, serving as the Mayor of Appleton for one year. During the Great Depression, he was appointed a Special Assistant to the President of the United States in the Department of the Interior, helping to write the New Deal. He was also appointed as an Assistant Secretary of the Army, and as an Assistant to the President of the United States, under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In these positions, he helped draft legislation and supervised the implementation of the New Deal. He was also instrumental in forming and serving as the first chairman of the Civil Service Reserve (NYS Civilian Conservation Corps). In 1939, he became the first Director of the United States Employment Service (later called the Social Security Administration), and remained in that capacity until 1943.

Professional Life And Death

Nathaniel Pattinson worked in both Wisconsin and Illinois during his legal career. He practiced law in Chicago for nearly 30 years before returning to Wisconsin in 1960 to live in the Appleton area. He continued to practice law in Wisconsin until his retirement in 1974. Following his retirement, he became a consultant to the Department of Labor in the State of Wisconsin. He also worked for the Appleton Housing and Redevelopment Authority for several years, and was involved in a variety of other legal and public service activities in retirement. Even in his late 80s, he remained an active and productive member of society, continuing to practice law and attend public meetings. He died on July 24, 1985, at the age of 86 years. He is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery in Appleton. There was a contemporary obituary for Nathaniel Pattinson in the Chicago Daily News on August 25, 1985.

Nathaniel Pattinson Was One Of The Most Influential Men Of His Time

Nathaniel Pattinson was one of the most influential men of his time. During the 1920s, he was a partner in a large law firm in Chicago, and one of the most successful lawyers in the city. In the 1930s, he became a Special Assistant to the President of the United States, helping to write New Deal legislation. In these capacities, he had considerable influence over American society and public policy. His life spanned the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression. Having been through these very tumultuous times, he understood the pressing need for social reform, and worked tirelessly to effect change.