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Patterson, Samuel Finley

Samuel Finlay Patterson (1799-1874) was a planter and politician who, in his twenties and early thirties held several clerkships with the state legislature. A Whig interested in internal improvements, especially for the western part of the state, he was president of the Raleigh and Gaston Railroad from 1840 to 1845. In 1846 and again in 1848 he represented Caldwell County in the NC Senate, chairing the Committee on Internal Improvements and writing the bill that chartered the North Carolina Railroad Company. He was a cousin of Thomas I. Lenoir (d. 1882).