Patterson Hall

Patterson Hall

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Location: North Campus

Built 1903;
Renovated, 1986

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This imposing four-story brick building with granite trim was originally known as Agriculture Hall. It was renamed in honor of Samuel Ledgerwood Patterson (1850-1908), who believed the agricultural building should be downtown instead of on the college campus. As state commissioner of agriculture, Patterson had great influence on legislation in the area of agricultural and life sciences. He initiated progressive legislation in North Carolina, including the pure food laws, tick eradication laws, appointments of a state veterinarian and entomologist, and work to arrest the destruction of field and horticultural crops.

Patterson attended the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, only to find that after one year it was closed in the aftermath of the Civil War. He worked as a bookkeeper for a time in his brother's business and then returned to the family farm. Afterwards, his career as a political leader began. Four times, he was elected to the State Senate as Commissioner of Agriculture despite the Fusion Party's attempts at his removal. His name is listed among the distinguished Moreheads and Pattersons found in the arcade of the Chapel Hill bell tower.

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