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John Malcolm Patterson
John Malcolm Patterson.jpg
44th Governor of Alabama
In office
January 19, 1959 – January 14, 1963
LieutenantAlbert Boutwell
Preceded byJim Folsom
Succeeded byGeorge Wallace
Attorney General of Alabama
In office
January 17, 1955 – January 19, 1959
GovernorJim Folsom
Preceded byBernard Sykes
Succeeded byMacDonald Gallion
Personal details
Born (1921-09-27) September 27, 1921 (age 99)
Goldville, Alabama, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic Party
Spouse(s)Mary Jo McGowin
Alma materUniversity of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceUnited States Army seal United States Army
Years of service1939–1945
RankUS-O4 insignia.svg Major
Battles/warsWorld War II
Korean War

John Malcolm Patterson (born September 27, 1921) is a retired American politician. He was the 44th Governor of the U.S. state of Alabama.[1] He served as governor from 1959 to 1963. Patterson was a member of the Democratic Party.

Patterson ran with the support of the Ku Klux Klan when he won the Governorship of Alabama in 1958.[2]

Patterson was born in Goldville, Alabama.


  1. John Patterson: In the Wake of the Assassins
  2. Mccabe, Daniel (writer, director, producer), Paul Stekler (writer, director, producer), Steve Fayer (writer). George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire [Documentary]. Boston, USA: American Experience.

Preceded by
David P. Buckson
Oldest living American governor
since January 18, 2017